Events

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

ESP Insider: Hospital Block Behind-the-Scenes Hardhat Tour

Members only

Members will explore the currently closed Hospital Block and learn more about healthcare at Eastern State and the preservation that will allow ESP to open the corridor to the public.

Light refreshments and conversation after the 30 minute tour.

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

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

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve: Criminal Courts and Mass Incarceration

Free. Reception to follow.

Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve will discuss how America’s criminal courts act as a crucial gateway for mass incarceration. She spent ten years working in and investigating the largest criminal courthouse in the country, Chicago-Cook County. She reflects on that experience in her new book, Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court.

Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve is an Assistant Professor at Temple University in the Department of Criminal Justice with courtesy appointments in the Department of Sociology and the Beasley School of Law. Her legal commentary has been featured on NBC News, MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, and CNN.

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, September 6, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Searchlight Series: Caleb Smith

Free. Reception to follow.

Discussion topic 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, September 9, 2016 - 8:00pm

Secret Cinema

Film Title TBD
General Admission: $10

The Secret Cinema will project a prison-themed film, title TBD. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Seats are limited. Tickets are available online or at the door, subject to availability.

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 7:00am - 10:00am

ESP Insider: Members’ Photography Morning

Members only

Members photograph part of the penitentiary in the early morning light before the site opens. Enjoy light refreshments and conversation after the photo shoot.

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

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

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Campus Philly’s CollegeFest

Free. Participating college students only.

CollegeFest is the city’s all-day welcome for new and returning college students. During CollegeFest, museums across the city open their doors and provide free admission to college students. For more information, visit http://campusphilly.org/collegefest/

Friday, September 16, 2016 - 7:00pm - Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 7:00pm

Terror Behind the Walls

Select Nights
Tickets starting at $13

Terror Behind the Walls, America’s largest haunted house, is called “perfect for Halloween” by The New York Times, named #1 in the nation by Forbes, and featured on NBC’s TODAY Show. Terror Behind the Walls takes place inside the massive, castle-like walls of Eastern State Penitentiary and is consistently ranked among the top haunted attractions in America.

All proceeds from Terror Behind the Walls benefit the preservation of Eastern State Penitentiary, a National Historic Landmark. Terror Behind the Walls does not affect operation of the historic site, which remains open for tours every day from 10 am to 5 pm.

For FAQs, preview videos, and tickets, visit terrorbehindthewalls.com

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman: Last Day of Freedom

Free. Reception to follow.

An award-winning animated short film telling the story of Bill Babbit's decision to stand by his brother in the face of war, crime and, eventually, capital punishment. (32 minutes followed by Q&A with the filmmakers)

Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman are artists/filmmakers who bring to life larger issues of criminal justice and civic responsibility. Their work blends animation and documentary forms to move beyond dehumanizing statistics, striving for empathy and critical reflection.

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, November 1, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Searchlight Series: November 2016

Free. Reception to follow.

Discussion topic 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, November 19, 2016 (All day) - Sunday, November 20, 2016 (All day)

Members' Photo Contest

Standard Admission

Eastern State is one of the most photogenic locations in America. Each year photographers travel from all across the globe to photograph the penitentiary.

Each member may submit one color and one black and white Eastern State Penitentiary photograph for the annual Members’ Photo Contest. Photos 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 4:00 pm, two sets of winners are announced in the color and black and white categories. A guest curator selects one set of winners, and the results of the weekend’s voting are also 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 Penitentiary.

Photo contest guidelines will be posted in September.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Searchlight Series: December 2016

Free. Reception to follow.

Discussion topic 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.