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Unlocking History

These short tours take place throughout the penitentiary, each lasting from five to 20 minutes. Join an Eastern State educator to unlock history by exploring a special topic or experiencing a space not otherwise open to the public.Red Cross on the head gate of the hospital cellblock

Unlocking History tours are included with admission, subject to availability.

Current Unlocking History experiences include Soup Alley, Hospital, and Catholic Chaplain's Office. Our Unlocking History schedule changes daily. If you're interested in taking one or more of these short tours, ask any staff member for more information.

2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner