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General Interest Group Tours

Although most of our visitors prefer the standard basic history tour, Eastern State can tailor the tour to your group's interest. When booking your tour, please let us know if you would like your tour to focus on one or more of the following topics: religious influence, architecture, criminal justice, or escapes.

Guided Kids Tour
Designed with students in mind, this interactive tour is a favorite among elementary through high school teachers and tour leaders, and is also great for summer camps and scout groups. Recommended for kids 10 years of age and older. Led by a member of our guide staff. Limited to groups of 15 to 150. 1 hour. Note: Tours are not recommended for children under the age of seven (7).

Guided Adult Tour
Perfect for college classes as well as senior citizen and professional groups. This general interest tour highlights Eastern State’s fascinating 142-year history, revolutionary architecture, notorious inmates and world-wide influence. Led by a member of our guide staff. Limited to groups of 15 to 150. 1 hour.

Guided Quick-Glance Tour
This 30-minute highlights tour is perfect for groups primarily coming to Eastern State to sketch or photograph the building or for groups with limited time. On days when the Penitentiary is open to the public the group is welcome to remain on site after their tour at no additional charge to photograph, sketch or view the artist installations and history exhibits until the site closes at 5 pm. Limited to groups of 15 to 150. 30 minutes.


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.

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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