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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.

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Terror Behind the Walls

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.

Select nights, September 20 - November 9.

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October 7, 2019, 4:00 pm – October 31, 2019, 5:00 pm

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What We're Reading this Week

California bans private prisons – including Ice detention centers, The Guardian, September 12, 2019

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Closed Oct. 28

Eastern State will be closed to the public October 28 for the Justice Votes 2020 Town Hall.  

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner