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.
With "The Voices of Eastern State” Audio Tour
When you arrive, you'll get an mp3 player and headset that will guide you through the penitentiary complex and explain the prison's history. You are free to tour at your own pace and to listen to (or skip) stops based on your interests. The main audio route, which provides a general overview of the penitentiary’s history, includes ten audio stops and lasts about 35 minutes total. Recommended for 13 years of age and older. Limited to groups of 15 to 75.
Eastern State After Hours
Available April through mid-September
This general interest tour highlights Eastern State’s fascinating 142-year history, revolutionary architecture, notorious inmates and world-wide influence. Tours may be scheduled after 5:30 pm and 90 minutes prior to sunset. Led by a member of our guide staff. Limited to groups of 15 to 150. 1 hour. $50 surcharge.
Organized Crime: Prohibition Era
The guided portion of the tour takes around 60 minutes and during this time your group will learn about crime, scandal, and the unique struggles of the 20th century. This tour focuses on the organized crime figures who spent time at Eastern State, including the notorious “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 a member of our guide staff. Limited to groups of 15 to 150. $19 per person.
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.