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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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Health & 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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Thursday - Sunday, Now - Sept 4

Night Tours: Summer Twilight

Experience Eastern State's historic cellblocks as the sun goes down. Relax and connect outdoors in The Fair Chance Beer Garden. Reflect with hands-on activities like trivia, letter-writing, and art.

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Last Sunday of every month, 10:30 am

ASL Guide-Led Tour & Discussion

Join us for an in-depth, guide-led tour with American Sign Language (ASL) and voice interpretation. Explore the history of Eastern State. Engage in dialogue about criminal justice reform today.

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August 13, 2022, 7:00 pm – August 14, 2022, 10:00 pm

The BOX: End of Isolation Tour

Separate admission ($20-$50). Tickets on sale now. The BOX is a piece of transformational theater that asks the audience to re-examine long-held notions of punishment and solitary confinement. Learn more

What We're Reading

"U.S. prison officials resist making inmates pay court-ordered victim fees" by Devlin Barrett | The Washington Post, August 4, 2022. Photo: Amr Alfiky/AP

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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 @dr.apples

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner