Do not pass go; go directly to the Penitentiary

37982862_d961d4e6fe_o One of my favorite tourist-y places in Philadelphia, Eastern State Penitentiary, officially opens for the 2007 season next Saturday, March 31st!

The season opening features Tunnel Escape Weekend, commemorating the 1945 escape of twelve inmates, including Clarence Klinedinst and Willie Sutton, who both take credit for designing the tunnel and who give conflicting accounts of its use in the escape. Visitors can question the gentlemen in a Living History tour on Saturday, while Sunday’s guests can participate in a reenactment of the historic jailbreak.

Don’t forget your camera! Eastern State encourages visitors to take photographs, and it is one of the most fascinating landmarks—decaying and in ruin, but still amazing and beautiful.

If you’d like to tour the grounds and get a sneak peak at this year’s exhibits, ESP will have free admission on Friday, March 30th during regular museum hours from 10AM to 5PM.

3 Comments so far

  1. Marisa (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 2:49 pm

    That’s fun! I think I may have to try to get over there next Friday.

  2. Meghan Walter (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 7:57 am

    Awesome! That is one of my FAVORITE places to walk around and take pictures. I will have to add some photos to flickr. I might even get a chance to go there on Friday and take more pics! Thanks for letting us all know.

  3. Andrea (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 9:17 am

    I’m hoping to get over there on Friday and take some photos myself. It will be a good day :)

    And don’t forget Mugshots across the street! They have excellent coffee and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

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