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Phase 1 Construction

The first phase of construction of our planned visitor center is complete!

About the Project
This initial phase of construction included upgrades to electricity and plumbing infrastructure and laid the groundwork for the eventual construction of a new, state-of-the-art visitor center. We also constructed and dedicated our new tour launch point, pictured above, providing visitors with seating, a water bottle refilling station, and protection from inclement weather as they begin their tour.

The addition of a new visitor center, once sufficient funds are raised, will allow us to better serve you, our visitors. The space will feature a climate-controlled atrium with dramatic views of the penitentiary’s stone tower, and will improve visitor flow, increase access to the site for people of all abilities, and provide modern restrooms. It will also permit for increased programming on issues of contemporary corrections.

You can learn more about our planned visitor center here.

Questions about Your Visit?
Please contact us at [email protected] or (215) 236-3300.

We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Image: Our new tour launch point, photographed by Greg Benson.

2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner