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Please consider donating or becoming a Member to help support our mission to preserve and interpret this important historic site.

Note: Earlier this year, Congress passed legislation, known as the CARES Act, in response to the current challenges faced by our nation. The act provides potential benefits for individuals making charitable gifts in 2020. We've created a summary detailing how these new provisions benefit donors like you. Read more.


  • Five Ways to Support Us

    Eastern State Penitentiary needs your help! Make a gift and support our work to educate students and visitors; preserve our site, a National Historic Landmark; and tell compelling stories through thoughtful public programs, site-specific artist installations, and a growing collection of archival materials.

    Give now



  • Become a Member

    Immerse yourself in history and learn about contemporary issues with unlimited, free daytime admission all year long. Delve even deeper into stories and meaningful discussions at exclusive, members-only events. Eastern State members help support our mission and receive special benefits.

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  • Funders & Donors

    We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of our funders and donors.

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  • The Road Ahead

    We are at a crossroads. Having addressed most of the stabilization and programmatic challenges that faced the organization 20 years ago, the time has come for a new, more ambitious vision. We have rewritten our mission statement to embody our new vision, and created an ambitious Strategic Plan for the infrastructure and visitor amenities necessary to realize this site’s extraordinary potential.

    Click here to see a synopsis of our accomplishments and our vision of the future.

    Screenshot of page one of this report   --2019 Update

    Screenshot of the first page of this report  --2018 Update



  • Additional Information

    If you are sending us a check or money order, please mail to:

    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
    Attn: Advancement Office
    2027 Fairmount Avenue
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19130

    Please note that gifts must be postmarked by December 31 to be included in the current calendar year for tax purposes.

    Eastern State’s Tax Identification Number is: 31-1627155.

    If you wish to make a gift of appreciated stock, or some other form of gift, please contact the Advancement Office by calling (215) 236-5111 x224 or email us at [email protected].



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