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.
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.
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.
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.
June 24, 2022, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Free Criminal Record Clearing Clinic with PLSE
Free. Open to the Public. PLSE (Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity) will host a criminal record clearing clinic during Night Tours: Summer Twilight. Learn more
What We're Reading This Week
"Philadelphia’s troubled jails would get independent oversight in proposed ballot measure" by Samantha Melamed | The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 23, 2022. Photo: Tim Tai | The Philadelphia Inquirer
Preserving History. Building Futures.
Make a gift to the Preservation Trades Center today to help provide career opportunities for young Philadelphians, bolster a workforce in dire need of well-trained jobseekers, and stabilize Eastern State.