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Guide-Led Tour and Discussion

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

Join one of our expert guides 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?

The 75-minute guide-led tour and discussion is included with admission, but subject to availability. The best way to secure your spot for a guided tour is to purchase tickets online in advance.

The guide-led tour and discussion begins promptly at 2:00 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early, as the guide-led tour and discussion begins a short distance from the visitor entrance.

Looking for a self-guided experience where you can explore specific interests at your own pace? Check out our audio tour.

Visiting Eastern State with 15 or more people? Or hoping for a more individualized experience? A private group tour might be the best choice for you. Click here to learn more about our group rates.

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