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Hands-On History

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site literally hands visitors the keys to the cellblocks with Hands-On History interactive experiences. These short demonstrations take place throughout the penitentiary complex, each lasting about five minutes. An expert Eastern State tour guide leads each activity, although visitors do the bulk of the physical activities themselves.

Included in standard admission. Tour times follow.

How to Open a CellAnytime – How to Open a Cell
Anytime – Learn to Play Bocce

10:05 am – Open the Massive Front Gate
Synagogue
10:20 am – Officer's Mess
Soup Alley (Dining Halls)
10:35 am – Chaplain's Office Murals
Hospital (20 min.)
10:50 am – Punishment Cells

Open the Massive Front Gate11:05 am – Hospital (20 min.)
Synagogue
11:20 am – Soup Alley (Dining Halls)
11:35 am – Chaplain's Office Murals
Hospital (20 min.)
11:50 am – Punishment Cell

12:05 pm – Synagogue 
12:20 pm – Officer's Mess
12:35 pm – Hospital (20 min.)
Chaplain's Office Murals
12:50 pm – Punishment Cells

1:05 pm – Synagogue 
1:20 pm – Officer's Mess
1:35 pm – Hospital (20 min.)
Chaplain's Office Murals
1:50 pm – Punishment Cells

2:05 pm – Hospital (20 min.)
Synagogue
2:20 pm – Officer's Mess
2:35 pm – Chaplain's Office Murals
Hospital (20 min.)
2:50 pm – Punishment Cells

3:05 pm – Hospital (20 min.)
Synagogue
3:20 pm – Soup Alley (Dining Halls)
3:35 pm – Chaplain's Office Murals
Hospital (20 min.)
3:50 pm – Punishment Cells

4:05 pm – Hospital (20 min.) 
Synagogue
4:20 pm – Chaplain's Office Murals
4:35 pm – Punishment Cells
Officer's Mess
4:50 pm – Chaplain's Office Murals
Open the Massive Front Gate

Programming subject to change due to weather conditions

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