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Daytime Prison Tours

Eastern State Penitentiary is currently open Friday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Explore the cellblocks and learn about the history of this facility and its relevance today.

Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Visitors will select a 30-minute timed entry window, subject to availability. Admission includes “The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour, narrated by actor Steve Buscemi; our award winning exhibits on mass incarceration, The Big Graph and Prisons Todayhistory exhibits; and a critically acclaimed series of artist installations.

Planning a visit to Eastern State? Be sure to check out our Plan Your Visit page. It includes information about when to arrive, where to park, what to expect of the tour, and much more.

Please also review our Reopening Information page for more details about the changes we’ve made with health and safety in mind.

Discounted tickets are available for groups of 15 or more.

2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner