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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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Healthy & Safety

The health and safety of our staff and visitors remains our top priority. Learn more about what you can expect during your visit.

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Select Nights, Sept. 24 through Nov. 13

Halloween Nights

A Halloween festival of epic proportions featuring haunted houses, historic tours, immersive walkthroughs, themed bars, and more!

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Help us to preserve this National Historic Landmark and advance our mission to interpret the legacy of criminal justice reform in America.

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September 30, 2021, 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Member Nights: 30 Years of Halloween | A Q&A for Members

Members only. Registration required. Celebrate 30 years of Halloween at Eastern State Penitentiary with a virtual Q&A. Learn more

What We're Reading This Week

Prison guards union asks court to review vax-or-test mandate, The Philadelphia Inquirer | MARK SCOLFORO and MICHAEL RUBINKAM, The Associated Press, Sept. 2, 2021

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Instagram of the Week

Share your best Eastern State photos on Instagram for a chance to be featured! Photo by @tesswelshh

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner