Events

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

ESP Insider: Mugshot Conservation

Members only

Join us at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) and see how their expert conservators are treating another 3,000 mugshots, including the bound book of mugshots pictured here, that recently entered Eastern State's collection. The evening includes a light reception.

Space is limited. Members will receive an email with reservation details.

Note: This is a members-only event. Click here to join today!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dr. Keesha Middlemass: The New U.S. Attorney General and Federal Criminal Justice Policy

Free. Reception to follow.

With Senator Jeff Sessions nominated to be the new U.S. Attorney General, what changes in federal criminal justice policy should the nation expect? Dr. Keesha Middlemass leads a non-partisan discussion of Senator Sessions’ public comments and voting record, and explores three areas of possible change: federal electronic surveillance, drug enforcement and sentencing, and prosecution of human rights violators under U.S. immigration laws.

Keesha M. Middlemass, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She is author of Convicted & Condemned: The Politics and Policies of Prisoner Reentry, former American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow and a former Race, Crime and Justice Fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice.

This event is part of Eastern State's ongoing Searchlight Series of events addressing issues in contemporary corrections. The Searchlight Series discussions take place the first Tuesday of every month, free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dr. Jill McCorkel: Why Orange Really Is the New Black: A Look Inside Women’s Prisons

Free. Reception to follow.

The U.S. is the global leader in women’s incarceration, locking up over a third of the world’s women prisoners. Dr. Jill McCorkel discusses her research to explore why this is the case and what the implications are for children and communities.

Dr. Jill McCorkel is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology and a faculty associate of the Africana Studies Program at Villanova University. She is the author of the book Breaking Women: Gender, Race, and the New Politics of Imprisonment.

This event is part of Eastern State's ongoing Searchlight Series of events addressing issues in contemporary corrections. The Searchlight Series discussions take place the first Tuesday of every month, free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Searchlight Series: April 2017

Free. Reception to follow.

Speaker TBD.

This event is part of Eastern State's ongoing Searchlight Series of events addressing issues in contemporary corrections. The Searchlight Series discussions take place the first Tuesday of every month, free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 (All day) - Monday, April 17, 2017 (All day)

Pop-Up Museum: Prison Breaking News

Standard Admission

The archives of Eastern State Penitentiary are packed with historic treasures that the public rarely sees. Thousands of photographs, stacks of inmate-written magazines, and even shanks (homemade weapons) are numbered and tucked carefully into museum-grade storage in the site’s administrative offices.

Historic site visitors often see photographs of these treasures, but the building’s lack of museum-quality climate control makes it impossible to exhibit the artifacts year-round.

For 10 days only, Eastern State Penitentiary presents its fifth annual Pop-Up Museum! On display for 2017 will be news paraphernalia, including historic photos, articles, films, and objects (inmate-made crafts, paintings, confiscated shanks and other weapons) that depict various newsworthy activities inside the walls.

Pop-Up Museum is included with admission. Tickets are available online or at the door, subject to availability.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Public Art and Prison Reform

Free

In recent years, prison reform has entered public consciousness as a critical issue. Public art has been an important avenue for raising greater awareness of the toll of mass incarceration.

This event features artists, educators, and nonprofit administrators discussing art making that engages prison populations and aesthetic practices that critique mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex.

The program is a collaboration between Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, the Restorative Justice Program of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and Professor Nicole Fleetwood of Rutgers University and is sponsored by the Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Fellowship.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 11:30am

Alumni Reunion

Standard Admission

Some of Eastern State's alumni--former officers and inmates--return to the cellblocks to share their memories with the public during a Q&A session.

The Alumni Reunion is included with admission. Tickets are available online or at the door, subject to availability.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Searchlight Series: May 2017

Free. Reception to follow.

Speaker TBD.

This event is part of Eastern State's ongoing Searchlight Series of events addressing issues in contemporary corrections. The Searchlight Series discussions take place the first Tuesday of every month, free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Reception for the 2017 Season

Free

Eastern State Penitentiary hosts a changing series of exhibits and artist installations as part of its ongoing programming.

Please join us as we celebrate Eastern State Penitentiary's 2017 season! Be among the first to walk the corridor of Cellblock 3 (the Hospital Block), and to view three new artist installations. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:00pm - Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 12:30am

Party at the Pen: The Masquerade, presented by Terror Behind the Walls

Friday: $75
Saturday: $85

It's back.

Party at the Pen: The Masquerade, presented by Terror Behind the Walls, returns by popular demand. Expect luscious libations, mind-blowing beats, and intriguing adventures, as well as some new and unique talent.

Gates to some of the dark, otherwise-off-limits corridors of the abandoned prison will be momentarily unlocked. When a masked gentleman offers his outstretched hand and asks, "Are you feeling adventurous?" make haste and follow him on a thrilling journey through Eastern State's storied past.

Dance. Drink. Explore.

Click here for details and tickets.