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Daytime Prison Tours

Explore Eastern State's historic cellblocks. Learn about the history of the penitentiary and its relevance today.

Eastern State Penitentiary is currently open for daytime tours Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. We are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. 

Tickets are available online or at the door, subject to availability.

All of our daytime programming (“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) is included in one admission price.

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 Health and Safety 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