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Free Virtual Tours Available Now
Eastern State Penitentiary’s award-winning tour program is now available, free of charge, to virtual classrooms everywhere! Learn more here.

On-Site Tours Available Again Soon
A field trip to Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is an experience that allows your students to learn history and become engaged in historic inquiry. Through an interactive tour, students will use Eastern State Penitentiary’s 142-year history as a lens to examine the larger story of American History. Complementary lesson plans are also available.

Class tours are tailored to the grade level or college year of your group. When you are booking your tour, please let us know what your students are currently studying, their education level, and if you have specific interests, such as religious influence, architecture, criminal justice or escapes. Our school tours are designed to address a variety of academic standards for elementary through high school students .

Although private group tours are available throughout the year at Eastern State Penitentiary, cold weather can make winter and early spring tours a very chilling experience.

Recommended for students 10 years of age and older. Tours are not recommended for children under the age of seven (7). Led by a member of our guide staff. Limited to groups of 15 to 150. One hour.

NOTE: Your class may qualify for a bus scholarship. Click here for details.


Book Your Tour

Please complete and submit the form below, or contact our Group Sales Department at [email protected] or (215) 236-5111 x240 to book your group tour. A minimum of two week's notice is required to book guide-led tours; however, capacity is limited and tours are subject to availability. Morning tours sell out quickly. Please book early for best availability. 

Please Note: Submission of this form is NOT your reservation confirmation. You will receive an email confirming your request within two business days and a written confirmation in the mail concerning your booking. If you do not receive an email within two business days, please call the number listed above.

This form is for groups of 15 or more people. Groups of 14 or fewer may visit during our regular season without a reservation. If your group is fewer than 15 and you would still like a private guide-led tour, please fill out the form below. We charge a flat rate of $150 for groups fewer than 15.

Please make your best estimate of the number in your group. We recommend you schedule for the maximum amount, as you can lower the count closer to the date, before the payment is processed.
Discipline of Group
Check all that apply.
Have you booked a daytime group tour in the past?
(in case your preferred arrival time is full)
Would you like more information about discounted group souvenir packages and bottled water?
Any information you provide will help us to relate this tour more directly to your group. Are there specific themes or ideas you would like to have emphasized?
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