Thursday, November 27, 2014 (All day)

Closed for Thanksgiving

Monday, December 1, 2014 (All day) - Sunday, December 14, 2014 (All day)

Holiday Toy Drive

Donate a toy December 1 - 14 in exchange for "Buy One, Get One Free" admission to ESP.

One in 28 American kids has a parent behind bars. What are the holidays like for these families?

Eastern State Penitentiary is partnering with Philadelphia FIGHT's Institute for Community Justice to collect gifts for local children with incarcerated parents. From Monday, December 1 through Sunday, December 14, any Eastern State visitor who donates a new toy or children's book, in its original packaging (but please no gift wrap), will be granted a second admission free of charge.

Philadelphia FIGHT's Institute for Community Justice is a Philadelphia-based initiative committed to community justice: the community-inspired, community-led solutions for healing in a time of mass imprisonment.

Please feel free to donate new toys or children's books at Eastern State during public hours, even if you're not planning to take a tour. Thank you in advance for helping us spread holiday cheer this season!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 (All day)


We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Kick off the giving season by celebrating this international day of caring. Following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday presents the perfect day to give back to our favorite causes after holiday feasting and shopping.

Excited about preserving and sharing Eastern State? Tweet or post about your passion, and ask your friends and family to join you in supporting the penitentiary! Be sure to use #GivingTuesday.

Click here to make a donation to Eastern State Penitentiary.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Offering Second Chances

Free. Reception to follow.

New Leash on Life USA
When Norberto ‘Rob’ Rosa was thirteen years old, a judge told him that he’d be a career criminal. At eighteen, he was sentenced to twelve years in prison. A puppy training program there changed his life, and today Rob is the Director of Operations for New Leash on Life USA.

Gearing Up
While racing with Temple’s cycling team, Kaelin Proud began volunteering for Gearing Up and befriended founder Kristin Gavin. Today, she is their Program Director, providing women in transition from abuse, addiction, and/or incarceration with the skills, equipment, and guidance to safely ride a bicycle for exercise, transportation, and personal growth.

Join Rob and Kaelin for an informal conversation about the challenges and rewards of working with returning citizens, and the value of offering second chances.

This event is part of Eastern State's ongoing Searchlight Series of events addressing issues in contemporary corrections.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 (All day) - Thursday, December 25, 2014 (All day)

Closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day