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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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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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Help us add a 2020 bar to our centerpiece exhibit, The Big Graph, and foster the important conversations happening there.

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February 13, 2022, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Family Field Trip: Music, Creativity, and Protest

Included with admission. Make your own musical instrument. Learn more about music as a form of protest throughout history. For children ages 8-13 and their caregivers. Learn more

What We're Reading This Week

"Detainees Sue Arkansas Jail that Gave Them Ivermectin to Treat Covid" By Eduardo Medina | The New York Times, Jan 17, 2022. Photo: Google Maps

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Instagram of the Week

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

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner