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Night Tours - Event Rentals

With its mix of massive, crumbling cellblocks and small, rarely seen hidden spaces like workshops and mess halls, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is sure to provide a truly one-of-a-kind backdrop for your event.

Enjoy a private happy hour, complete with drinks and snacks, before your Night Tour. Choose from a variety of locations for your happy hour based on your size group:

Kitchen Courtyard
Outdoor Courtyard | Capacity: 200 people
Located directly in front of the historic kitchen and storehouse facility that once served three meals a day to more than 1,700 people, the kitchen courtyard, with its 18’ x 50’ tent complete with market lights, picnic tables and high tops, is the perfect space to enjoy an outdoor reception before experiencing a Night Tour.

Soup Alley
Indoor & Outdoor Courtyard | Capacity: 50 people
This often overlooked area of the penitentiary is tucked between Cellblocks 4 and 5. Enjoy an intimate gathering as the searchlight from the central guard tower shines overhead. Your group will be able to explore this space, view artifacts from the small serving kitchen, and see the narrow mess halls where prisoners ate together.

Officers' Mess
Outdoor Space | Capacity: 15 people
Located near the very front of the penitentiary, make the Officers' Mess your first stop of the evening. This space once served as an area where guards and administrative staff could eat, rest, and socialize. Now a striking ruin featuring historic brick walls and crumbling tile, it serves as an intriguing backdrop for your intimate, outdoor gathering. The rental fee includes the use of a small, outdoor area with high tops and stools.

All spaces include a set portion of self-serve beverages and “Philadelphia Favorites” treats for groups under 50 people. For groups over 50, arrangements for catering may be made separately and a list of preferred caterers will be provided.

Book your event!
Interested in a private rental during Night Tours: Summer Twilight at Eastern State Penitentiary? Please complete and submit this online form. If you have questions or need support, contact us at [email protected].


The primary contact for the rental will be held responsible for distributing and adhering to all rules and regulations of ESPHS. All spaces do not have climate control. For events in the Kitchen Courtyard, we require that a rain-hold is placed on a tent. The tenting fee is separate from the rental fee and is not included in our base rental costs. Tenting estimates can be obtained by contacting our exclusive tenting company, Anthony Party Rentals.

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