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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 criminals, including "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone.

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Eastern State Penitentiary is CLOSED today, Wednesday, February 20, due to the predicted inclement weather. We will reopen for daytime historic tours tomorrow, February 21, at 10 am. 

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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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February 23, 2019, 11:00 am – March 3, 2019, 1:00 pm

Prison Labor Tour and Book Discussion: One Book, One Philadelphia

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What We're Reading this Week

Philly DA Larry Krasner unveils plan to shrink juvenile justice system. Does it go far enough?,, February 6, 2019

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner