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Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site - Field Trip

School Field Trip to Eastern State Penitentiary - Explore America's most historic prison in Philadelphia PA

Fun learning experience for students:

• Explore the world's first true penitentiary
• Discover the spaces and stories held within its walls
• Reflect on Eastern State's relevance today

Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world. Today, it stands in ruin with crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. It once held many of America's most notorious lawbreakers, including "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone.

A field trip to Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is an experience that allows your students to learn history and become engaged in historic inquiry. Through an interactive tour, students will use Eastern State Penitentiary’s 142-year history as a lens to examine the larger story of American History.

School Class tours are tailored to the grade level of your group.

When you are booking your tour, please let us know what your students are currently studying, their education level, and if you have specific interests, such as religious influence, architecture, criminal justice or escapes. Our school tours are designed to address a variety of academic standards for elementary through high school students.

Private group tours are available every day.
For reservations: call 215.309.4900 or email
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