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Hands-On History

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site literally hands visitors the keys to the cellblocks with Hands-On History interactive experiences. These short demonstrations take place throughout the penitentiary complex, each lasting about five minutes. An expert Eastern State educator leads each activity, although visitors do the bulk of the physical activities themselves.

Included in standard admission. Tour times follow.

How to Open a CellAnytime – How to open a cell

10:20 am – Synagogue
10:35 am – Soup Alley
10:50 am – Punishment Cells

Open the Massive Front Gate11:05 am – Hospital (20 min.)
11:35 am – Chaplain's Office Murals
11:50 am – Synagogue

12:35 pm – Soup Alley
12:50 pm – Synagogue

1:05 pm – Hospital (20 min.)
1:35 pm – Chaplain's Office Murals
1:50 pm – Synagogue

2:05 pm – Hospital (20 min.)
2:35 pm – Punishment Cells
2:50 pm – Synagogue

3:05 pm – Hospital (20 min.)
3:35 pm – Soup Alley
3:50 pm – Synagogue

4:05 pm – Soup Alley
4:20 pm – Punishment Cells
4:35 pm – Chaplain's Office Murals
4:50 pm – Synagogue

Programming subject to change due to weather conditions

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