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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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Revisit the past. Rethink the future. 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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Select nights, Sept 22 - Nov 11

Halloween Nights

Step through Eastern State's massive front gate and into an immersive Halloween festival featuring five haunted houses plus historic tours, themed bars and lounges, live entertainment, and more! 

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Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. 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 29, 2023, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Family Fall Festival

Free for kids in costume and their families. Join us at Eastern State Penitentiary for some fall-themed family fun! Learn more

What We're Reading

"Judge dismisses all charges against former Police Officer Mark Dial in shooting death of Eddie Irizarry" written by Chris Palmer, Ellie Rushing, and Rodrigo Torrej√≥n for The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 26, 2023.

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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 @strangerphilly.

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner