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calendar of event dates ranging select nights from mid-September through mid-November, with prices ranging from $19 to $32NEW this fall! Experience our dark, abandoned cellblocks like never before with Night Tours.

Night Tours include:

  • The chance to explore the cellblocks and yards of Eastern State Penitentiary at night, with the moon shining through skylights above
  • Historic locations in the penitentiary complex, including Al Capone's Cell and Death Row
  • "The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour, narrated by actor Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
  • Award-winning exhibits about prisons today and the root causes of mass incarceration
  • Large-scale projections onto the penitentiary's 30-foot walls, including a silent film shot at Eastern State in 1929 and Hidden Lives Illuminated--animated films created by currently incarcerated artists
  • A selection of our site-specific artist installations


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Make a night of it! Want to grab a bite to eat before or after your Night Tour? Fairmount is a vibrant dining destination with plenty of great bars and restaurants! We've compiled a list of spots within walking distance of the penitentiary.

Just like our daytime tours, Night Tours are designed to ensure the health and safety of staff and visitors. Learn more about the changes we've made with this in mind.

Night Tours include everything we offer by day, plus more!

At night, the cellblocks fall into darkness and the penitentiary takes on a different energy -- its imposing architecture emphasized by dramatic lighting, its quiet stillness even more striking. You may have visited Eastern State before, but never like this.

Many of the programs available during the day are also offered at night, including "The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour, award-winning exhibits, and artist installations. Additionally, some new activities are available exclusively for Night Tours, including two large-scale video projections on the interior of the penitentiary’s 30-foot-high perimeter walls. A silent film shot at Eastern State Penitentiary in 1929, with flickering images of prisoners in the mess halls and officers patrolling the corridors, plays in the Cellblock 3 courtyard. In the Cellblock 7 courtyard, 20 animated short films that were created by incarcerated artists for Eastern State’s 2019 project Hidden Lives Illuminated are also on view.

The lighting design for Night Tours highlights the prison’s iconic, gothic architecture. Searchlights sweep from the guard towers over the cellblocks and yards, just as they did when Eastern State was an active correctional facility.


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Health and safety are our top priority. Here are some important changes to note:

  • Face masks (ages 2+) and physical distancing (at least 6 feet) are required.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available, and visitors will be asked to sanitize their hands before entering the site.
  • All tours are self-guided. You'll pick up an audio guide and disposable earbuds on your way into the penitentiary and follow a linear, one-way path through the site.

Before you visit, please review our Reopening Information page for details on other changes.

To ensure the health and safety of our staff and visitors, we've made some changes on site.

At the moment, all tours are self-guided. You'll pick up an audio guide and disposable earbuds on your way into the penitentiary. Once you have your audio guide, you'll follow a linear, one-way path through the site to help ensure physical distancing.

First, you’ll learn about the penitentiary’s history with “The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour, narrated by actor Steve Buscemi. Our main audio tour ends at The Big Graph and its climate-controlled companion exhibit Prisons Today where you’ll learn more about modern-day mass incarceration. From there, you can end your tour or continue to explore other one-way paths that feature additional audio stops, artist installations, and exhibits including large video projections exclusive to Night Tours.

Before you visit, please review our Reopening Information page for details on other changes.

Night Tours are available select evenings, September 18 through November 15, 2020. Ticket prices start at $19 and vary by night. Available online only.

calendar of event dates ranging select nights from mid-September through mid-November, with prices ranging from $19 to $32


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Night Tour tickets start at $19 and vary by night. Timed tickets must be purchased online in advance.

calendar of event dates ranging select nights from mid-September through mid-November, with prices ranging from $19 to $32


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Timed tickets must be purchased online in advance. Prices start at $19 and vary by night.


Want to receive weekly emails with the latest news and offers? Sign up for updates here! 

 

This is a special event, available only for a limited time and limited capacity. Discounts, coupons, and complimentary passes for daytime prison tours are not valid for Night Tours.

We do, however, offer special rates for groups of 15 or more. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the size of your group must adhere to the 25% capacity guidelines per timeslot. Groups must follow all new health and safety guidelines, including social distancing, and enter the site 6 visitors at a time. Once inside the site, groups must stay in small clusters of no more than 6 visitors. To book a group visit, please fill out this online form or email Francine Schiffman, Group Sales Manager, at [email protected].

Discounted rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the size of your group must adhere to the 25% capacity guidelines per timeslot. Groups must follow all new health and safety guidelines, including social distancing, and enter the site 6 visitors at a time. Once inside the site, groups must stay in small clusters of no more than 6 visitors.

To book a group visit, please fill out this online form or email Francine Schiffman, Group Sales Manager, at [email protected].

Yes! Private event rentals are available for groups of up to 50 people. Interested? E-mail [email protected] for more information.

While we do not have our own parking lot, there is a parking lot neighboring us at 22nd St & Fairmount Ave. Parking costs vary. For exact pricing, please call Parkway Corporation at (267) 765-3665.

Additionally, you can find parallel parking bordering the penitentiary. Eastern State is so large that it occupies one full city block. Bordering Eastern State on the west (to the left if you are facing the entrance) is 22nd Street. On the Eastern State side of 22nd Street, parallel parking is free and unlimited. The same is true of Brown Street, which borders our back wall. Again, parking is free and unlimited only on the Eastern State side of the street. If you choose to park anywhere else in the neighborhood, just exercise caution and read all signs.

Eastern State Penitentiary is also accessible by public transit.

While there are no dining facilities within the penitentiary complex, there are many wonderful restaurants in the surrounding neighborhood.

We've compiled a list of spots within walking distance of the penitentiary to help you explore what's available. No matter what type of experience or cuisine you like, there's something for everyone in Fairmount!

We strongly recommend calling ahead to make reservations for large groups.

Yes! Eastern State Penitentiary may be the most picturesque place you’ve seen in years. We encourage you to take photos when visiting Night Tours--and tag us on social media!--but we ask that you honor the following policies when photographing here.

During our initial phase of reopening, tripods, monopods, easels, stools, and other equipment is not permitted.

No portrait photography is permitted. Eastern State Penitentiary defines portraiture as any posed photography of an individual or group taken by a professional, amateur or student photographer. This includes, but is not limited to, wedding photography, engagement photography, headshots, band photos, and family portraits.

Any photographer (professional, amateur, or student), ad agency, or other commercial entity wishing to photograph models (professional or amateur); wear costumes or use props; photograph the building without visitors; photograph in non-public spaces; or conduct shoots that require equipment must make reservations in advance.

Visit our Photography and Filmmaking page for more information about setting up a private photo shoot.

Paranormal investigations (including the use of EVP recorders or other pieces of paranormal investigation equipment) are not permitted at Eastern State Penitentiary. Thank you for your understanding!

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