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Membership

As a member, you and your family will enjoy a full year of activities, special events, and unlimited access to the historic site during public hours. As an initial supporter of our membership program, you have the satisfaction of knowing you are among the first to support the preservation efforts at the penitentiary in these crucial early years.

There are four ways to order memberships:
1. You can order online now.
2. You can order over the phone by calling (215) 236-5111 x24.
3. You can print a membership form (see below) and fax it with your credit card information to (215) 236-5289.
4. You can print a membership form (see below) and mail it with your check, money order, or credit card information to the historic site offices:

Eastern State Penitentiary
Membership Department
2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Download a membership form:
Adobe PDF document or Microsoft Word document

All members receive:

  • Free admission to the site and to all daytime public events for one year (Member must be present with photo ID.)
  • Free admission to The Searchlight Series evening discussions
  • Free use of an equipment pass while on site (e.g. tripod, easel)
  • An opportunity to enter the Members’ Photo Contest (held each October)
  • Invitations to ESP Insider programs
  • Passes to selected dates of Terror Behind the Walls, our annual Halloween fundraiser*

Additional benefits are listed below.

Individual Membership:

$50 ($28 tax-deductible)
Includes all of the benefits listed above for one individual
Includes one Terror Behind the Walls member pass
Member must be present with photo ID.Buy Now!

Dual Membership:

$75 ($31 tax-deductible)
Includes all of the benefits listed above for two individuals
Includes two Terror Behind the Walls member passes
Member must be present with photo ID.Buy Now!

Family & Friends Membership:

$100 ($12 tax-deductible)
Includes all of the benefits listed above for four individuals
Includes up to four Terror Behind the Walls member passes
Member must be present with photo ID.Buy Now!

Supporting Membership:

$250 ($122 tax-deductible)
These dues will support collections conservation.
Includes all benefits listed above for six individuals
Includes donor recognition on Eastern State's website
Includes four Terror Behind the Walls Gold Passes with Quick Passes
Preferred access to ESP Insider programs
Member must be present with photo ID.Buy Now!

Sustaining Membership:

$500 ($308 tax-deductible)
These dues will support collections conservation.
Includes all benefits listed above for eight individuals
Includes donor recognition on Eastern State's website
Includes up to six Terror Behind the Walls Gold Passes with Quick Passes
Includes two invitations to annual Terror Behind the Walls Kickoff Party
Preferred access to ESP Insider programs
Member must be present with photo ID.Buy Now!

Sponsor Membership:

$1,000 ($744 tax-deductible)
These dues will support collections conservation.
Includes all benefits listed above for ten individuals
Includes donor recognition on Eastern State's website
Includes up to eight Terror Behind the Walls Gold Passes with Quick Passes
Includes two invitations to annual Terror Behind the Walls VIP Party
Preferred access to ESP Insider programs
Includes a private “Behind the Scenes” tour for ten guests**
Member must be present with photo ID.Buy Now!

Please note: Member must show photo ID for admission and must accompany all guests.

The I.R.S. allows members of 501(c)(3) charitable organizations to deduct only the amount of the membership payment that exceeds the value of the goods or services received. The tax-deductibility of your membership is estimated above and increases when you decline the Terror Behind the Walls ticket benefit option by August 31st.

All passes for Terror Behind the Walls are good for either adults or children ages 7+. Passes are valid on select 2014 dates to be announced by June 30, 2014. Memberships purchased or renewed on or after September 1, 2014 will receive Terror Behind the Walls passes for 2015.

*Passes are valid on select show nights. Approximately 10 dates available with Member Passes and approximately 20 dates available with Gold Passes. Blackout dates apply.

**Please call Elyssa Kane at (215) 236-5111 x17 or email ek@easternstate.org to arrange.