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America's Most Historic Prison

Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious lawbreakers, including "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone.

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Virtual Group Tours

Groups can now virtually partake in our award-winning guided tour program! These live, interactive experiences are facilitated by expert educators and can be tailored to meet any group's needs.

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Reopening March 12!

Eastern State Penitentiary will reopen for daytime tours on March 12, 2021. Get your 2021 Flex Tickets now and save! Plus, join us online.

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We've faced unprecedented challenges over the past year, and we met them head-on with a spirit of innovation. Still, we need your help now more than ever.

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February 2, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Searchlight Series: Vaccinating the Incarcerated

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What We're Reading This Week

Federal prisons on lockdown in run-up to Biden inauguration, The Washington Post, January 16, 2021

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Instagram of the Week

Share your best Eastern State photos on Instagram for a chance to be featured! This week's photo by @jennifercosto

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner