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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, NOW 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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Give Today

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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October 28, 2021, 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Member Nights: The Big Impact of The Big Graph

Members only. Registration required. Learn how Eastern State’s fall fundraiser contributed to the original creation of The Big Graph and what the future holds for this sculpture. Learn more

What We're Reading This Week

"Inside Rikers: Dysfunction, Lawlessness and Detainees in Control" by Jan Ransom, Jonah E. Bromwich and Rebecca Davis O’Brien; The New York Times, October 11, 2021; Photo: Uli Seit for The New York Times

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Instagram of the Week

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

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner