Plan Your Visit
When to arrive, where to park, what to expect, and more. Learn More
The Searchlight Series, Prison Food Weekend, Bastille Day and more. Learn more
Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration is a groundbreaking new exhibit. Included with admission. Learn More
We need your help to stabilize Soup Alley, the area connecting the Central Hub to the Dining Halls. Learn More
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 notoriuous criminals, including "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone.