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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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NEW this fall!

Night Tours

Terror Behind the Walls, our annual haunted house, is cancelled this year due to COVID-19. But don’t cancel your fall visit to Eastern State yet! Night Tours, new for 2020, run select evenings through Nov. 15.

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Health and Safety Measures

We're now open Fri-Sun for daytime tours, as well as select evenings for Night Tours. The health and safety of staff and visitors is our top priority. Learn more about what you can expect during your visit.

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Help support Eastern State with a gift to one of five unique funds that support our mission or direct your donation to our greatest needs.

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October 6, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Second Chances: Pathways Forward in Pennsylvania

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What We're Reading this Week

Oregon has evacuated more than 2,500 prison inmates due to wildfires. The experience was harrowing, families say, NPR, September 18, 2020

 

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Phase 1 Construction

This initial phase of construction will include upgrades to electricity and plumbing infrastructure and will lay the groundwork for the eventual construction of a visitor center. 

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner