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Self-Guided Audio Tours Available Now
Due to COVID-19 precautions, we are only scheduling self-guided audio tours for school groups who wish to tour the site at this time. 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 enter the site 6 visitors at a time within minutes of each other. Before you plan you visit, please review our Reopening Information page for details.

Guide-Led Tours Available Again Soon, Booking Now
While guide-led tours on site are temporarily unavailable, we are accepting future reservations (spring 2021 and beyond) with the understanding they can be cancelled by either party, at any time.

A field trip to Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is an experience that allows your students to learn history and become engaged in historic inquiry. Through an interactive tour, students will use Eastern State Penitentiary’s 142-year history as a lens to examine the larger story of American History. Complementary lesson plans are also available.

Class tours are tailored to the grade level or college year of your group. When you are booking your tour, please let us know what your students are currently studying, their education level, and if you have specific interests. Our school tours are designed to address a variety of academic standards for elementary through high school students.

Although private group tours are available throughout the year at Eastern State Penitentiary, cold weather can make winter and early spring tours a very chilling experience. Recommended for students 10 years of age and older. Tours are not recommended for children under the age of seven (7). Led by a member of our guide staff. Limited to groups of 15 to 150. One hour.

NOTE: Your class may qualify for a bus scholarship. Click here for details.

Group Rates
Discounted rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Current group rates are $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students and kids (7-12). One complimentary pass per 15 paying visitors.

Plus, Virtual Group Tours Available Now!
Eastern State Penitentiary’s award-winning tour program is now available at a flat rate to virtual classrooms everywhere! Learn more here.

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

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