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.
Virtual Group Tours
Groups can now virtually partake in our award-winning guided tour program! These live, interactive experiences are facilitated by expert educators and can be tailored to meet any group's needs.
Reopening March 12!
Eastern State Penitentiary will reopen for daytime tours on March 12, 2021. Get your 2021 Flex Tickets now and save! Plus, join us online.
We've faced unprecedented challenges over the past year, and we met them head-on with a spirit of innovation. Still, we need your help now more than ever.
February 2, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Searchlight Series: Vaccinating the Incarcerated
What We're Reading This Week
Federal prisons on lockdown in run-up to Biden inauguration, The Washington Post, January 16, 2021
Instagram of the Week
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