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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 tour guide leads each activity, although visitors do the bulk of the physical activities themselves.

Included in standard admission. Tour times follow.

How to Open a Cell10:20 am – Synagogue
10:35 am – Over the Wall
Soup Alley
10:50 am – Punishment Cells

Open the Massive Front Gate11:05 am – Hospital (20 min.)
11:35 am – Over the Wall
11:50 am – Synagogue

12:35 pm – Chaplain's Office Murals
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 – Over the Wall
Soup Alley
3:50 pm – Synagogue

4:05 pm – Over the Wall
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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