The first phase of construction of our planned visitor center is currently underway. The work will not impact our hours of operation; however, operations may be modified during your visit. Please be aware that some areas of the site may be noisy. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Please Note: Due to ongoing public health concerns related to the novel coronavirus, Eastern State Penitentiary is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Additional updates will be shared on this page.
About the Project
This initial phase of construction – projected to take place from fall 2019 through spring 2020 – will include upgrades to electricity and plumbing infrastructure and will lay the groundwork for the eventual construction of a new, state-of-the-art visitor center. Phase I will also include a new tour launch point, providing visitors with ample seating, a water bottle refilling station, and protection from inclement weather.
The addition of a new visitor center, once sufficient funds are raised, will allow us to better serve you, our visitors. The space will feature a climate-controlled atrium with dramatic views of the penitentiary’s stone tower, and will improve visitor flow, increase access to the site for people of all abilities, and provide modern restrooms. It will also permit for increased programming on issues of contemporary corrections.
You can learn more about our planned visitor center here.
Questions about Your Visit?
Please contact us at [email protected] or (215) 236-3300.
We look forward to welcoming you soon!