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General Interest Group Tours

Learn more about the world’s first true penitentiary, discover the spaces and stories held within its walls, and reflect on Eastern State’s relevance today. 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).

Tour Options Available Now

  • 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 Wednesday – Sunday, 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 Wednesday – Sunday, 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.


Tour Options Available Soon
(Temporarily Paused Due to COVID-19)

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not accepting reservations for guide-led group tours at this time. We hope to be offer these tour options again soon.

  • 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.
    • Defining Justice: Past and Present - 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.
    • 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 - 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. $50 surcharge.
    • Organized Crime: Prohibition Era  - 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. $19 per person.


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

Other Opportunities

  • Virtual Group Tours - Looking for a unique, guide-led experience for your group? Eastern State Penitentiary’s award-winning tour program is now available to virtual groups everywhere! Learn more here.
  • Night Tours: Summer Twilight  - Explore Eastern State's historic cellblocks as the sun sets. This special event runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from May 7 through September 4, 2021. Discounted rates are available for groups of 15+. Learn more here.
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