Events

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

“Cared Straight” with Congreso de Latinos Unidos

Free. Reception to follow.

How have prisons changed since Eastern State Penitentiary closed? And how can discussing these trends impact Philadelphia youth? Students participating in Cared Straight, a pilot collaboration between Eastern State Penitentiary and Congreso de Latinos Unidos, have been studying these questions and will reveal their findings to the community.

The Cared Straight students are excited to share their knowledge and hope their presentation will prevent other youth from getting involved in the criminal justice system.

Congreso is a multi-service organization with an expert focus on the Latino community. Its Education and Workforce Services help youth reach their educational and careers goals.

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

Saturday, August 9, 2014 (All day) - Sunday, August 10, 2014 (All day)

Family Weekend (1 of 2): Pets in Prison with New Leash on Life USA

Standard Admission

Eastern State Penitentiary partners with New Leash on Life USA for Family Weekend: Pets in Prison.

Families will discover unique stories about animals all weekend long! Kids will learn more about Eastern State Penitentiary’s most famous four-legged resident, Pep the Dog; participate in an animal-themed activity; and find out how animals continue to play a role in prisons today.

Family Weekend activities are available 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10.

Family Weekend activities are included in admission. Tickets are available online or at the door, subject to availability.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Photographers' Twilight Hours (3 of 3)

General Admission: $20
Historic Site Members: Free

Photographers have Eastern State Penitentiary to themselves in the beautiful dusk light. Tripods, models, and hand-held lighting equipment are all welcome during these hours. $20 admission for any person entering.

Tickets on sale now. Available online or at the door, subject to availability.

Please review our photography policies before attending Photographers' Twilight Hours.

Special Access for ESP Members:
Small groups of five member photographers, each permitted one model or assistant, will have access to a space not currently open to the public for a 20-minute photo shoot. In August, members will have the opportunity to explore Cellblock 14 (1st floor), the next to last cellblock built. Free. Space is limited. Reservations open August 1. Members will receive an email with details.

Not a member? Join today! Click here for membership options.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm

The Searchlight Series: September 2014

Free. Reception to follow.

Discussion topic TBA.

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

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 7:00pm - Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 7:00pm

"Terror Behind the Walls" Haunted House

Select Nights
Separate Admission

A massive haunted house in a real prison! Called “One of America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by The Travel Channel and consistently ranked among the top 10 haunted attractions in the country. All proceeds benefit historic preservation at this National Historic Landmark.

Visit terrorbehindthewalls.com for details and to purchase tickets online.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 (All day) - Sunday, September 28, 2014 (All day)

Family Weekend (2 of 2): Pets in Prison with New Leash on Life USA

Standard Admission

Eastern State Penitentiary partners with New Leash on Life USA for Family Weekend: Pets in Prison.

Families will discover unique stories about animals all weekend long! Kids will learn more about Eastern State Penitentiary’s most famous four-legged resident, Pep the Dog; participate in an animal-themed activity; and find out how animals continue to play a role in prisons today.

Family Weekend activities are available 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28.

Family Weekend activities are included in admission. Tickets are available online or at the door, subject to availability.

Sunday, September 28, 2014 (All day)

ESP Insider - Family Make and Take Field Journals

Time TBD

Free. Members only.

Artist and local scientist Greg Cowper has collected hundreds of animals behind Eastern State’s walls. He displays the diverse collection in his popular installation, Specimen. Children ages 7-12 are invited to join Greg on a hunt for insects on site and to make field journals recording what they find.

This members-only event is part of Pets in Prison, a family program focused on the unique stories of animals in Eastern State’s history.

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

Note: This is a members-only event. Click here for membership options!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Searchlight Series: October 2014

Free. Reception to follow.

Discussion Topic TBA.

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

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Searchlight Series: November 2014

Free. Reception to follow.

Discussion Topic TBA.

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

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 (All day)

ESP in Wartime: Veteran’s Day Event

Details TBA.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 (All day) - Sunday, November 16, 2014 (All day)

Members' Photo Contest

Standard Admission

Eastern State is one of the most photogenic locations in America. Each year photographers travel from as far away as California and Canada to photograph the penitentiary.

Each member may submit one color and one black and white Eastern State Penitentiary photograph for our 2014 Members’ Photo Contest. Entries must arrive at the historic site by 10:30 am, Saturday, November 1. Photos will remain on view throughout the weekend. Visitors to the historic site can cast votes for their favorite images throughout the weekend.

On Sunday afternoon at 4:30 pm, two sets of winners will be announced in the color and black and white categories. A guest curator will select one set of winners, and the results of the weekend’s voting will be announced. Each first place winner from the Members' Photo Contest has the opportunity to schedule a four-hour, private, behind-the-scenes photo shoot of Eastern State.

Click here to download the Photo Contest Guidelines.

Photo: 2013 winner LC Ferrari.

Thursday, November 27, 2014 (All day)

Closed for Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 30, 2014 (All day)

Last Day of the 2014 Standard Tour Season

Monday, December 1, 2014 (All day)

First Day of 2014 Winter Adventure Tours

Standard Admission

Eastern State's Winter Adventure Tours include the cellblocks, center surveillance hub, Al Capone's Cell, and more. Admission includes an hour-long guided tour or a self-guided audio tour. Also included are Hands-On History interactive experiences and a critically acclaimed series of artist installations. Click here for more information.

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

The Searchlight Series: December 2014

Free. Reception to follow.

Discussion Topic TBA.

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