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There’s no question that Eastern State Penitentiary is the creepiest place in Philadelphia. While there are other creepy spots (most notably the Mütter Museum and Fort Mifflin), nowhere comes close to the creepiness of this former prison.
Opened in 1829 and not closed until 1971, this prison housed 75,000 inmates during its nearly 150 years of operation.
After it was closed, it was reclaimed by nature until it was finally reopened for public tours in 1994. While tourists now fill its halls, the echoes of the criminals that spent their lives here still reverberate through the walls, and there are many that say some of them never left.
As it’s been said before, if ghosts exist, it must be at Eastern State Penitentiary.
Read about the prison’s history here, and then scroll down to see 21 pictures that prove Eastern State Penitentiary is the creepiest place in Philadelphia.
Jim Cheney is the creator of UncoveringPA.com. Based in Carlisle near Harrisburg, Jim frequently travels around Pennsylvania and has visited, written about, and photographed all 67 counties in the state. He has also traveled to more than 30 different countries around the world.