This rich, stereo soundscape mixes dozens of voices – including three former wardens and 25 guards and inmates – 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 headset that will guide you through the penitentiary complex and explain the prison's history. This audio guide contains a main audio route (available below), plus additional stops for subjects like escapes, riots, sports, sexuality, and more. You are free to tour at your own pace and to listen to (or skip) stops based on your interests.
"The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour is included with admission. Narrated by actor Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire, Fargo, Armageddon, Ghost World).
Click here for a PDF transcript of all audio stops.
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: Conclusion