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.
Healthy & Safety
The health and safety of our staff and visitors remains our top priority. Learn more about mask requirements and other measures we have in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Night Tours: Summer Twilight
Explore Eastern State as the sun goes down. Enjoy The Fair Chance Beer Garden and engage with hands-on activities. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, May 7 through September 4.
Preserve our past. Invest in the future. Help us craft a long-term strategy to preserve Eastern State's iconic perimeter walls and expand our masonry restoration training programs.
June 20, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Member Saturday: Sketch Eastern State
Members only. Registration required. Try your hand at drawing Eastern State’s cathedral-like, barrel-vaulted cellblocks with guidance and tips from local artist Dominique Barlow. Learn more
What We're Reading This Week
Murphy says he plans to close NJ's only women's prison, The Washington Post | AP, June 7, 2021
Instagram of the Week
Share your best Eastern State photos on Instagram for a chance to be featured! Photo by @brit.lately.