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General Interest Group Tours

Learn more about the world’s first true penitentiary, discover the spaces and stories held within its walls, and reflect on Eastern State’s relevance today. Groups of all ages enjoy tours of Eastern State Penitentiary; however, we do not recommend Eastern State for children under the age of seven (7).

Please Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our site is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. We are still accepting group tour reservations for future dates and continue to offer virtual group tours.

Tour Options Available When We Reopen, Booking Now

We are accepting reservations for self-guided audio tours for spring 2021 and beyond with the understanding they can be cancelled by either party, at any time.

  • Self-Guided Audio Tours - When your group arrives, you'll each get an mp3 player and disposable earbuds that will guide you on a one-way path through the penitentiary. Groups must follow all new health and safety guidelines, including social distancing and use of face masks, and enter the site 6 visitors at a time within minutes of each other.
    • Available Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Last entry at 3:30 pm.
    • Discounted rates for groups of 15+
    • $11 - adults, $10 - seniors, $8 - students and kids (7-12). One complimentary pass per 15 paying visitors.


Tour Options Available Soon, Booking Now

We are accepting reservations for guide-led tours for June 2021 and beyond with the understanding they can be cancelled by either party, at any time.

  • Guide-led Group Tours – Unless otherwise specified, rates for groups of 15+ are $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students and kids (7-12). One complimentary pass per 15 paying visitors. Groups of less than 15 can reserve a private, guide-led tour for a flat fee of $150.
    • Guide-led Tour and Discussion - This general interest tour highlights Eastern State’s 142-year history, revolutionary and influential architecture, and stories of people who lived and worked in the building while setting the stage for conversations about criminal justice reform today. Led by one of our educators. Available to groups of 15 to 150. 1 hour.
    • Defining Justice: Past and Present - What does justice mean to you? Through social and emotional inquiry-based learning, middle and high school students explore prisons past and present and the role they play in society in this interactive workshop. Led by one of our educators. Available to groups of 15 to 25. 90 minutes.
    • Guide-led 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. Following your tour, 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. Available to groups of 15 to 150. 30 minutes.
    • Eastern State After Hours (Available June 2021 through mid-September 2021) - This general interest tour highlights Eastern State’s 142-year history, revolutionary and influential architecture, and stories of people who lived and worked in the building while setting the stage for conversations about criminal justice reform today. Tours may be scheduled after 5:30 pm and 90 minutes prior to sunset. Led by one of our educators. Available to groups of 15 to 150. 1 hour. $50 surcharge.
    • Organized Crime: Prohibition Era (Available June 2021 through mid-August 2021) - The guided portion of the tour takes around 60 minutes and during this time your group will learn about vice, scandal, and the unique struggles of the 20th century. This tour focuses on the organized crime figures who spent time at Eastern State, including “Scarface” Al Capone. After your guided tour, for 30 minutes your group will enjoy one 1920s-style cocktail at Al Capone’s cell per person. These tours must begin at least 90 minutes prior to sunset. Led by one of our educators. Available to groups of 15 to 150. $19 per person.


Book Your Group Tour
Please complete and submit this online form or contact Francine Schiffman, Manager of Group Sales and Guest Support at [email protected].


Plus, Virtual Group Tours Available Now!
Looking for a unique, guide-led experience for your group? Eastern State Penitentiary’s award-winning tour program is now available to virtual groups everywhere! Learn more here.

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