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Guide-Led Tour and Discussion


Please Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not offering our public, guide-led tour at this time. Instead, all visitors enjoy a self-guided experience that includes “The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour, award-winning exhibits, and a series of artist installations.

If you’d like a guide-led experience, Eastern State Penitentiary’s award-winning tour program is now available to virtual groups everywhere! Learn more here.

This in-depth, guide-led tour explores the history of Eastern State and sets the stage for conversation about criminal justice reform today.

Join one of our expert educators for a small group tour (limited to 25 people) that invites you to consider Eastern State’s history and how it relates to modern-day incarceration. Learn more about Eastern State’s time as an active prison while engaging in group dialogue about criminal justice reform from the founding of America to the present.

Dig deeper with meaningful questions: How can we still see Eastern State’s influence in prisons across the country and around the world? In what ways did the penitentiary affect the people who lived and worked here? How can Eastern State’s history help us consider the impact of prisons today?

2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner