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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 Cell10:05 am – Synagogue
10:20 am – Over the Wall
Scandal
10:35 am – Chaplain's Office Murals
Hospital (20 min.)
10:50 am – Punishment Cells

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

12:05 pm – Synagogue 
12:20 pm – Over the Wall
12:35 pm – Hospital (20 min.)
Chaplain's Office Murals
12:50 pm – Punishment Cells

1:05 pm – Synagogue 
1:20 pm – Over the Wall
1:35 pm – Hospital (20 min.)
Chaplain's Office Murals
1:50 pm – Punishment Cells

2:05 pm – Hospital (20 min.)
Synagogue
2:20 pm – Over the Wall
2:35 pm – Chaplain's Office Murals
Hospital (20 min.)
2:50 pm – Punishment Cells

3:05 pm – Hospital (20 min.)
Synagogue
3:20 pm – Scandal
3:35 pm – Chaplain's Office Murals
Hospital (20 min.)
3:50 pm – Punishment Cells

4:05 pm – Hospital (20 min.) 
Synagogue
4:20 pm – Chaplain's Office Murals
4:35 pm – Punishment Cells
Scandal
4:50 pm – Chaplain's Office Murals

Programming subject to change due to weather conditions

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