Weddings & Corporate Events

Regardless of the type of event you are planning, Eastern State Penitentiary is a unique, world-class setting that’s sure to impress your guests! Our in-house event planning team, together with our exclusive caterer, Jack’s Firehouse, Philadelphia’s Best Restaurant for Great American Cooking, will work with you to guarantee that your event is a success.

Our daytime historic tours are always our first priority. Therefore, all events must take place after 5:30 pm. Also, because of weather constraints, we only offer event rentals from April 1 through November 15. Please see our Event Rental Agreement for additional restrictions. Private events can be held during Terror Behind the Walls, our nationally ranked haunted house.

Event rental requests must be submitted via email to rental@easternstate.org. The following information must be included:

  • Contact name
  • Company name, if applicable
  • Daytime phone number
  • Mailing address
  • Preferred date and time of the event
  • Type of event (business meeting, corporate event, lecture, film, wedding or commitment ceremony, cocktail party, etc.)
  • Approximate number of attendees

We will respond to event rental requests via phone or email within three business days. Reservations are first come, first served.

Below you will find information about various types of event packages. Be sure to also read the Add-Ons section for additional entertainment options.

Business Meeting / Lecture / Film

Business Meeting / Lecture / FilmIf you’re looking for an impressive setting for a meeting, lecture, or film screening, look no further. Eastern State Penitentiary’s central rotunda is perfect for these types of events. Not only will your group appreciate your sense of adventure, but they’ll be moved to think “outside the box” about the information you are presenting.

Rental includes: A two-hour private site rental for up to 100 guests in the central rotunda, chairs, A/V equipment, staff time (planning, setup, breakdown, event staffing), and access to bathrooms. Pricing starts at $2,500. A 20% discount is available for Sunday through Thursday evenings.

Wedding Ceremony

Wedding CeremonyMake your wedding, commitment ceremony, or vow renewal a uniquely memorable day by holding it inside America’s Most Historic Prison, just steps away from Al Capone’s cell!

Rental includes: A two-hour private site rental for up to 100 guests in the central rotunda, chairs, A/V equipment, staff time (planning, setup, breakdown, event staffing), access to bathrooms, and a one-hour rehearsal the night before the ceremony (between the hours of 6 pm and 8 pm, subject to availability). Pricing starts at $2,500. A 20% discount is available for Sunday through Thursday evenings.
Photo courtesy of Lori Hobart & Kevin Mays. Copyright Allebach Photography, 2009.

Cocktail Reception / Corporate Event

Cocktail Reception / Corporate EventThe massive ten-acre building lends itself to memorable events. Treat your friends, family, employees, or clients to an unforgettable night at America’s Most Historic Prison. Our event planning team will assist you in organizing the logistics of your event, and our preferred caterer, Jack’s Firehouse, will serve passed hors d’oeuvres.

Rental includes: A two-hour private site rental for 50 - 200 people, chairs, tables, A/V equipment, staff time (planning, setup, breakdown, event staffing), security, access to bathrooms, and passed hors d’oeuvres. Pricing starts at $45/guest. Additional catering options are available.

Add-Ons:

Hands-On HistoryThese add-ons are available for any event listed above.

Guide-Led Tours
Make your event stand apart - allow your guests to become immersed in the rich history of Eastern State Penitentiary and its former inhabitants. Historic tours range from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on what time frame fits your event. Events of all sizes can be accommodated; guides can lead groups of up to 25 people at a time. Pricing starts at $8/guest.

Hands-On History Activities
Include our popular Hands-On History activities as part of your event. An expert Eastern State tour guide leads each activity, although visitors do the bulk of the physical activities themselves. Each activity lasts about five minutes. Pricing starts at $200 and includes two different activities. Each additional activity costs $75. You can chose up to five different activities to take place multiple times throughout your event.