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A tour and enjoy hands-on activities provided by Eastern State Penitentiary, a national historical landmark and public museum in Philadelphia

Visiting Prison at the Eastern State Penitentiary

May 9, 2014

Never thought of visiting a prison? You really should take this chance for an adventure should you head to Philadelphia on your mini bus rental. Ask your charter bus driver to take you to the Eastern State Penitentiary, on 2027 Fairmount Avenue between Corinthian Avenue and North 22nd Street in the Fairmount section of the city.

As a former American prison in Philadelphia, the Eastern State Penitentiary is a U.S. National Historic Landmark, now open to the public as a museum, and art exhibit. There are many unique art pieces only found at this place, so don’t miss out on this chance of a lifetime!

Take an Audio Tour

One of the tours available at the penitentiary coach bus visitors can experience is “The Voices of Eastern State” Audio Tour. During this tour, you get this rich stereo soundscape as you walk through the prison blocks along the main audio routes. Listen to narration by Steve Buscemi, and hear background voices of guards, wardens and inmates, giving rental bus visitors a richer experience while walking through cellblocks and yards.

Hands-On History

For something a little more tangible, take this tour where you get the keys to cellblocks and literally given a free rein to explore. Interactive demonstrations are also conducted throughout the complex, lasting about 5 minutes or less. There will be a guide taking charter bus visitors around, but mostly a lot of the physical activities are done by guests themselves.

History and Art Installations

Many historic and unique art exhibitions are scattered and exhibited throughout the penitentiary. Some of the popular pieces not to be missed are:

  • The Big Graph: A 16-foot tall 3,500-pound plate steel sculpture illustrates three sets of statistics, depending on the viewer’s position.
  • Cindy Stockton Moore: Other Absences: These 50 portraits represent individuals murdered by men and women who would eventually be sent to Eastern State Penitentiary.
  • Ghost Cats: Artist Linda Brenner sculpted 39 cat sculptures, which surround the property. Made of a material that slowly dissolves over time to represent the inevitable natural decay that faces all living things.
  • The End of the Tunnel: Hundreds of feet of red piping were installed by artist Dayton Castleman representing paths of escape routes used by prisoners.
  • Midway of Another Day: A metal sundial set up to show "the passing of time" by Michael Grothusen in the courtyard of cell block one.

If you want to get to the Eastern State Penitentiary on time and safely, call Bus Company Philadelphia for a bus charter quote

So, hurry and visit this awesome historic yet uniquely intriguing place. Call 1-800-304-1993 or 215-665-5798 to ask for a quote or to book a charter bus of your choice to take you to Philadelphia, and to visit this great attraction.