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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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Closure Updates

Due to ongoing public health concerns related to the novel coronavirus, Eastern State Penitentiary will remain temporarily closed to the public until further notice.

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April 7, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Impact of COVID-19 on Incarcerated Populations and the Justice System

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What We're Reading this Week

What it’s like to be locked in prison during the coronavirus pandemic, The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 1, 2020

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Phase 1 Construction

This initial phase of construction will include upgrades to electricity and plumbing infrastructure and will lay the groundwork for the eventual construction of a visitor center. 

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner