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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

10:05 am – Synagogue
10:20 am – Chaplain's Office Murals
10:35 am – Hospital (20 min.)

Open the Massive Front Gate11:05 am –  Synagogue
11:20 am – Punishment Cells
11:35 am – Hospital (20 min.)

12:05 pm – Synagogue
12:20 pm –Chaplain’s Office Murals
12:35 – Hospital (20 min.)

1:05 pm – Synagogue
1:20 pm – Punishment Cells
1:35 pm – Hospital (20 min.)

Punishment Cells2:00 pm – Hour-Long Guided Tour & Discussion on Prisons Today (Subject to availability)
2:05 pm –  Synagogue
2:20 pm – Chaplain's Office Murals
2:35 pm – Hospital (20 min.)

3:05 pm – Synagogue
3:20 pm – Punishment Cells 
3:35 pm – Hospital (20 min.)

4:05 pm – Hospital (20 min.)
4:35 pm – Chaplain’s Office Murals 
4:50 pm – Synagogue

Programming subject to change due to weather conditions

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