America's Most Historic Prison
Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious lawbreakers, including "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone.
Health & Safety
The health and safety of our staff and visitors remains our top priority. Learn more about what you can expect during your visit.
Thursday - Sunday, Now - Sept 4
Night Tours: Summer Twilight
Experience Eastern State's historic cellblocks as the sun goes down. Relax and connect outdoors in The Fair Chance Beer Garden. Reflect with hands-on activities like trivia, letter-writing, and art.
Last Sunday of every month, 10:30 am
ASL Guide-Led Tour & Discussion
Join us for an in-depth, guide-led tour with American Sign Language (ASL) and voice interpretation. Explore the history of Eastern State. Engage in dialogue about criminal justice reform today.
August 19, 2022, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Serious Rap Sh*t Podcast & DayOneNotDayTwo at Night Tours
Included with admission to Night Tours: Summer Twilight. On August 19 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, join us for a live podcast recording of the Serious Rap Sh*t Podcast featuring special guest, and a live performance by, artist DayOneNotDayTwo. Learn more
What We're Reading
"Pardoned but still in prison: Advocates work to free man caught in system" by Gregory S. Schneider | The Washington Post, August 6, 2022. Photo: Steve Helber/AP