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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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Fridays & Saturdays, Now - July 27

Summer Nights

Explore the profound impact of recreation on prison life through engaging talks, family-friendly activities, and interactive experiences. Plus, grab a beer or soft drink and relax and reflect in The Fair Chance Beer Garden.

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Plan Your Visit

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is currently open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. We are closed on the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

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Revisit the past. Rethink the future.

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Members support the work we do every day and receive exclusive benefits like free daytime admission, invitations to members-only experiences, special discounts, and more!

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July 20, 2024, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Summer Nights: Animal Appreciation Night

Included with Summer Nights admission. Meet some adoptable dogs from New Leash on Life USA. Learn about Eastern State's Pep the Dog and consider the impact of animals in prisons today. Learn more

Collaboratory for Justice Education

The Collaboratory for Justice Education at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is a dynamic community of dedicated and enthusiastic people with a shared passion for justice education committed to generating innovative solutions for understanding intricate societal issues.

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Help Us Redefine Justice in America

Eastern State has entered a bold new era, and one of the pillars of our future is to become the national leader in criminal justice education. Together, we can learn and foster meaningful action and productive change – in our communities, our society, and in ourselves.

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