Eastern State Penitentiary

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Eastern State Penitentiary is a former prison and now museum situated in Philadelphia, USA. The prison was built and opened in 1829, it was built to a Gothic Revival architectural style in a wagon wheel shape having been designed by architect John Haviland. The building served as a prison from 1829 till 1971. The prison was a major part of changing the incarceration process to reform characters rather than punish. The prison held notorious criminals such as Al Capone and Willie Sutton. Today, the prison building is a National Historic Landmark and is now a museum, which operates tours giving people an insight into prison life at Eastern State Penitentiary.

Getting there

If travelling to the prison by car, there is a parking lot next to the prison which is priced at 3-10$. If travelling by bus, take the 7, 32, 33, 43 or 48 which all stop close by.

Opening Times and Admission

The museum is open daily, 10am-5pm. Admission on the day is set at 16$ for adults, 14$ for seniors and 12$ for children. If you book in advance online you will save 2$ on each ticket.

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