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Hands-On History

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site literally hands visitors the keys to the cellblocks with Hands-On History interactive experiences. These short demonstrations take place throughout the penitentiary complex, each lasting about five minutes. An expert Eastern State tour guide leads each activity, although visitors do the bulk of the physical activities themselves.

Included in standard admission. Tour times follow.

How to Open a CellAnytime – How to Open a Cell
Anytime – Learn to Play Bocce

10:05 am – Chaplain's Office Murals 
10:20 am – Synagogue
10:35 am – Officer's Mess
10:50 am – Punishment Cells

Open the Massive Front Gate11:05 am – Chaplain's Office Murals 
11:20 am – Synagogue
11:35 am – Hospital (20 min.)

12:05 pm – Punishment Cells 
12:20 pm – Synagogue
12:35 pm – Hospital (20 min.)

1:05 pm – Chaplain's Office Murals 
1:20 pm – Synagogue
1:35 pm – Hospital (20 min.)

Punishment Cells2:00 pm – One Hour Guided Tour & Discussion on Prisons Today (Subject to availability)
2:05 pm – Punishment Cells
2:20 pm – Synagogue
2:35 pm – Hospital (20 min.)

3:05 pm – Chaplain's Office Murals 
3:20 pm – Synagogue
3:35 pm – Hospital (20 min.)


4:05 pm – Punishment Cells 
4:20 pm – Synagogue
4:35 pm – Officer's Mess
4:50 pm – Chaplain's Office Murals

Programming subject to change due to weather conditions

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