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General Interest Group Tours

Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world. Today, Eastern State is a modern ruin and museum that interprets the legacy of American criminal justice reform. 

Groups of all ages enjoy tours of Eastern State Penitentiary; however, we do not recommend Eastern State for children under the age of seven (7). Book your group tour today!

Self-Guided Tour Options

  • Self-Guided Audio Tours - When your group arrives, you'll each get an mp3 player and headphones that will guide you through the penitentiary.
    • Available seven days a week, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Last entry at 3:30 pm.
    • Discounted rates for groups of 15+
    • $11 - adults, $10 - seniors, $8 - students. One complimentary pass per 15 paying visitors.
       
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour + Distance Learning Session - This two-part experience perfectly complements our award-winning audio tour. The day after your self-guided visit to Eastern State, an engaging educator will visit with your group virtually for 30 minutes. They will make connections to the big ideas and answer essential questions from your visit.
    • Audio Tour - Available seven days a week, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Last entry at 3:30 pm. | Distance Learning Session - Available Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am –  5:00 pm.
    • Discounted rates for groups of 15+
    • $11 - adults, $10 - seniors, $8 - students. One complimentary pass per 15 paying visitors. +$50 surcharge for distance learning session.
       

Guide-Led Tour Options

Reservations for guide-led group tours are subject to availability and current capacity. Please submit this online form or contact Francine Schiffman at [email protected] to learn more about our current offerings.

  • Guide-led Group Tours – Unless otherwise specified, rates for groups of 15+ are $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students. One complimentary pass per 15 paying visitors. Groups of less than 15 can reserve a private, guide-led tour for a flat fee of $150.
     
    • Guide-led Tour and Discussion - This general interest tour highlights Eastern State’s 142-year history, revolutionary and influential architecture, and stories of people who lived and worked in the building while setting the stage for conversations about criminal justice reform today. Led by one of our educators. Available to groups of 15 to 150. 1 hour.
    • Guide-led Quick-Glance Tour - This 30-minute highlights tour is perfect for groups primarily coming to Eastern State to sketch or photograph the building, or for groups with limited time. Following your tour, the group is welcome to remain on site after their tour at no additional charge to photograph, sketch, or view the artist installations and history exhibits until the site closes at 5 pm. Available to groups of 15 to 150. 30 minutes.
    • Eastern State After Hours [LIMITED AVAILABILITY] - This general interest tour highlights Eastern State’s 142-year history, revolutionary and influential architecture, and stories of people who lived and worked in the building while setting the stage for conversations about criminal justice reform today. Tours may be scheduled after 5:30 pm and 90 minutes prior to sunset. Led by one of our educators. Available to groups of 15 to 150. 1 hour. Limited availability, Monday through Wednesday. $19 per person.
    • Organized Crime: Prohibition Era [LIMITED AVAILABILITY] - The guided portion of the tour takes around 60 minutes and during this time your group will learn about vice, scandal, and the unique struggles of the 20th century. This tour focuses on the organized crime figures who spent time at Eastern State, including “Scarface” Al Capone. After your guided tour, for 30 minutes your group will enjoy one 1920s-style cocktail at Al Capone’s Cell per person. These tours must begin at least 90 minutes prior to sunset. Led by one of our educators. Available to groups of 15 to 150. Limited availability, Monday through Wednesday. $27 per person.
    • Defining Justice: Past and Present [CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE] - What does justice mean to you? Through social and emotional inquiry-based learning, middle and high school students explore prisons past and present and the role they play in society in this interactive workshop. Led by one of our educators. Available to groups of 15 to 25. 90 minutes.


Book Your Group Tour
Please complete and submit this online form or contact Francine Schiffman (Senior Manager, Sales and Guest Support) at [email protected].

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