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Audio Tour

This rich, stereo soundscape mixes dozens of voices – including three former wardens and 25 guards and prisoners – creating an intimate walking tour of Eastern State’s cellblocks and yards.

When you visit Eastern State Penitentiary, you'll get an mp3 player and headphones that will guide you through the penitentiary complex and explain the prison's history. This audio guide contains a main audio tour route (available below), plus additional stops for subjects like escapes, sports, sexuality, race, and more.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, you'll be asked to stay on a linear, one-way route as you listen to our main audio tour (audio stops 1-10). The main audio tour ends at The Big Graph and its climate-controlled companion exhibit Prisons TodayFrom there, you can choose to follow additional suggested linear routes or explore any open areas of the penitentiary freely, as long as you keep 6 feet apart from other groups.

"The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour is included with admission. Narrated by actor Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire, Fargo, Armageddon, Ghost World).

Looking for a personalized, guide-led experience, Eastern State Penitentiary’s award-winning tour program is now available to virtual groups everywhere! Learn more here.

Visiting Eastern State with 15 or more people? Click here to learn more about our group rates.

Click here for a PDF transcript of all audio stops. 

Need a translated version? PDF translations of the audio tour are available in GermanItalianChinese (Mandarin)SpanishFrenchJapanese, and Portuguese.

Audio Stop 1: Introduction Audio Stop 2: Prisons Before Eastern Audio Stop 3: First Modern Building Audio Stop 4: A Prisoner's Life Audio Stop 5: Effects of Isolation Audio Stop 6: The Results Audio Stop 7: Reactions to Eastern Audio Stop 8: End of Isolation Audio Stop 9: 20th Century Audio Stop 10: Prisons Today

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