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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 held nearly 85,000 people over its long history, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone.

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Closed Thursday, June 8


Due to air quality, Eastern State Penitentiary will be closed on Thursday, June 8 for both daytime tours and Night Tours: Summer Twilight.

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Select evenings through Sept 4

Night Tours: Summer Twilight

Enjoy exclusive after-hours access to Eastern State Penitentiary! Grab a drink and participate in a rotating selection of interactive programming in The Fair Chance Beer Garden.

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Support The Sara Jane Elk Fund

Our President and CEO Sally Elk is retiring this spring. Join us in celebrating her unparalleled impact on Eastern State Penitentiary. Help us keep her legacy alive with a gift to The Sara Jane Elk Fund for Historic Preservation.

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June 30, 2023, 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

EL BENTLY 448 at Night Tours: Summer Twilight

In partnership with Die Jim Crow Records, Eastern State is proud to present a performance by rap artist EL BENTLY 448 during Night Tours: Summer Twilight. Learn more

What We're Reading

"Philly’s juvenile justice spends funds inefficiently, with ‘sub-optimal results,’ report says" written by Ximena Conde, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 23, 2023.

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Pic of the Week

Share your best Eastern State photos on Instagram for a chance to be featured. Be sure to tag us @easternstate! This week's photo by @spookybitchcoles_.

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner