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WEIRD, WACKY, WONDROUS PHILADELPHIA - featuring Eastern State Penitentiary and Mutter Museum
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Begin with a fascinating visit to Eastern State Penitentiary. Eastern State Penitentiary broke sharply with the prisons of its day, abandoning corporal punishment and ill treatment. The massive structure, opened in 1829, became the most famous prison in the world. The Penitentiary would not simply punish, but move the criminal toward spiritual reflection and change. The method was a Quaker-inspired system of isolation from other prisoners, with labor. The early system was strict. To prevent distraction, knowledge of the building, and even mild interaction with guards, inmates were hooded whenever they were outside their cells. But the proponents of the system believed strongly that the criminals, exposed, in silence, to thoughts of their behavior and the ugliness of their crimes, would become genuinely penitent. Thus the new word, penitentiary.
With your private guide, explore the stabilized ruins of this fortress-style prison that housed inmates up to 1970 including a peek into Al Capone’s cell.
Next, you’re off to the Mutter Museum – America's finest museum of medical history. This unique museum helps the public understand the mysteries and beauty of the human body while appreciating the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease with objects such as Siamese twins, dwarf skeletons, ‘unicorn man’ and so much more. Tour on own at-your-own-pace.
Weird, wacky and wondrous all at the same time!