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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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Healthy & Safety

The health and safety of our staff and visitors remains our top priority. Learn more about what you can expect during your visit.

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Night Tours: Summer Twilight

Explore Eastern State as the sun goes down. Enjoy The Fair Chance Beer Garden and engage with hands-on activities. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, May 7 through September 4.

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Give Today

Help us to preserve this National Historic Landmark and advance our mission to interpret the legacy of criminal justice reform in America.

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August 3, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Women, Reentry, and Fair Chance Hiring

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What We're Reading This Week

The First Step Act released them from prison. Then the government tried to lock them back up., The Washington Post | Gavin Jenkins, July 25, 2021; Photo: Families Against Mandatory Minimums

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Instagram of the Week

Share your best Eastern State photos on Instagram for a chance to be featured! Photo by @catecat7

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner