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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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Hidden Lives Illuminated

FINALE RESCHEDULED: Due to rain, the Hidden Lives Illuminated Finale has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 15 from 8 - 9:30 pm.

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Here are five great ways to support the mission of Eastern State!

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October 5, 2019, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Coffee with a Cop

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What We're Reading this Week

Ben & Jerry’s debut flavor backing criminal justice reform, The Washington Post, September 3, 2019

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner