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Eastern State Penitentiary

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Upcoming Events

The Searchlight Series, Prison Food Weekend, Bastille Day and more. Learn more

Featured Exhibit

Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration is a groundbreaking new exhibit. Included with admission. Learn More

Annual Appeal

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.

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June 3, 2017, 11:00 am – June 4, 2017, 4:30 pm

Prison Food Weekend: Nutraloaf from around the U.S.

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What We're Reading This Week

"Chelsea Manning Leaves Prison, Closing an Extraordinary Leak Case"
The New York Times, May 16, 2017

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Courtesy of @betofrank

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