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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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Hidden Lives Illuminated

Animated films by currently-incarcerated artists, projected onto Eastern State.

Nightly, August 15 - September 12. Free.

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July 2, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Sean Kelley, Mandee Quinn, and William Wallace III: Bringing Hidden Lives Illuminated to Light

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What We're Reading this Week

The latest YouTube craze? Videos that show you what it’s like to live in prison., The Washington Post, June 3, 2019

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner