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Philadelphia: Eastern State Penitentiary Admission

1. Philadelphia: Eastern State Penitentiary Admission

Discover the historic building of the Eastern State Penitentiary which stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Learn about how when Eastern State opened more than 180 years ago, it changed the world of prisons and was copied throughout the world. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world's first true "penitentiary," a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of prisoners. Discover how the building itself was an architectural wonder; it had running water and central heat before the White House. Marvel at the vaulted, sky-lit cells which once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and Al Capone. As you explore the building, listen to 'The Voices of Eastern State' audio tour which is included in your admission price. Narrated by actor Steve Buscemi (known for Boardwalk Empire, Fargo, Armageddon, and Ghost World), this rich, stereo soundscape mixes dozens of voices. Hear the stories of 3 former wardens and 25 guards and inmates which create an atmospheric tour as you stroll through Eastern State's cellblocks and yards. When you arrive, receive an MP3 player and headset that will guide you through the penitentiary complex and explain the prison's history. This audio guide contains a main audio route, plus additional stops for subjects like escapes, riots, sports, sexuality, and more. You are free to tour at your own pace and to listen to (or skip) stops based on your interests. Also discover interactive experiences, history exhibits, and a critically acclaimed series of artist installations.

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Philadelphia: National Constitution Center - Flexible Ticket

2. Philadelphia: National Constitution Center - Flexible Ticket

Visit the National Constitution Center and learn all about this key moment in American history when the American Constitution was drawn up and signed, here in Philadelphia. Browse hundreds of artifacts and delight in the array of interactive multimedia exhibits. Get involved and vote for your all-time favorite President and take the Presidential Oath of Office. This self-proclaimed 'Museum of We, the People' brings together people of all ages and perspectives, across America and around the world, to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. Some of the rare artifacts you'll see here include a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation from 1864 signed by Abraham Lincoln, a ratification copy of the 19th Amendment, and the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution National Constitution Center highlights include: Freedom Rising - Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor called this “the best 17-minute civics lesson in the country.” Narrated by a live actor, this multimedia theater-in-the-round performance sets the stage for the National Constitution Center visitor experience. Signers’ Hall – visitors can ‘sign the Constitution’ and see 42 iconic, life-size bronze statues of each of the Founding Fathers present for the signing on September 17, 1787. The Story of We the People – Explore over 100 multimedia elements, including rare artifacts, and discover for yourself why the U.S. Constitution is as important today as it was over 200 years ago. Exhibits including: Constituting Liberty - From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights; American Treasures - Documenting the Nation's Founding; Civil War and Reconstruction - the battle for Freedom & Equality; and The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote. Come away inspired and full of historical knowledge.

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Philadelphia: Museum of the American Revolution Entry

3. Philadelphia: Museum of the American Revolution Entry

Discover the dramatic story of the American Revolution at one of Philadelphia’s lead attractions. Avoid the long waiting times and enjoy skip-the-line entry to the Museum of the American Revolution, then watch an introductory movie before making your own way through the exhibitions. Marvel at the museum’s vast collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art that bring history back to life. Learn about this fascinating period of time as you explore immersive galleries, engage in powerful theater experiences, and take part in interactive features. Located just steps from the famous Independence Hall, the museum serves as a portal to the region’s Revolutionary history, which sparks interest, provides context, and encourages exploration. Printed museum guides are available in English, Spanish, French, German, Mandarin and Japanese, to elevate your learning experience.

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Museum of the American Revolution: Early Access Guided Tour

4. Museum of the American Revolution: Early Access Guided Tour

This early access tour offers visitors a unique opportunity to see the Museum of the American Revolution’s exhibits before they’re open to the public. Learn about the museum’s artifacts alongside museum experts with room to explore. Skip the crowds and distractions. The American Revolution was dramatic, gritty, and full of uncertainty. It was an era of unparalleled political and social upheaval, even by today’s standards. Explore this era as your guide enhances your experience with additional insight into the artifacts and exhibits and behind-the-scenes details of the museum’s creation. Get inspired to dig deeper into the stories behind objects on display. At the end of the guided tour, choose to explore the galleries further on your own.

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Philadelphia: National Liberty Museum Entrance Ticket

5. Philadelphia: National Liberty Museum Entrance Ticket

Discover the stories of heroes who have contributed to the preservation of liberty around the world with this entry ticket to the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia. Explore everything from art exhibitions to replicas of famous symbols of freedom throughout the museum. Your visit begins in the renovated Welcome to Liberty gallery, which greets you with a mural-size display of real-life heroes. Here you can also admire an exact replica of the Liberty Bell. Next, the Flame Gallery features the 21ft Flame of Liberty by renowned glass artist, Dale Chihuly. It provides a 360° experience of inspirational words, images, sounds, and voices using a glass flame. Look inside replicas of Nelson Mandela’s jail cell or Anne Frank's Secret Annex. Enjoy the Museum’s unique collection of glass and other contemporary art, including life-size Jellybean Children.

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What people are saying about Philadelphia

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A very interesting site to visit. The audio tour is excellent. There’s a lot to see and take in, so plan to spend several hours. This site is historic, and also relevant to the present.

The Alcatraz of the East, right here in my backyard! Shame on me for not visiting sooner!! Thanks so much. My daughter and I really enjoyed the tour!!

Excellent! Plan on 3 hours (or more) there to truly immerse yourself in the experience. There is much to read and enjoy.

Great experience especially with the recorded guided tour by actor Steve Bushemi.

Easy to follow recorded guide. Really cool to see this place!