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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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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.

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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.

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Give Today

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.

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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

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Instagram of the Week

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

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner