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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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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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Reopening March 12!

Eastern State Penitentiary will reopen for daytime tours on March 12, 2021. Tickets on sale now. In the meantime, join us online.

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Help us to preserve this National Historic Landmark and promote our mission to interpret the legacy of criminal justice reform in America.

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March 11, 2021, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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What We're Reading This Week

Study: 1 in 7 U.S. prisoners is serving life, and two-thirds of those are people of color, The Washington Post, March 2, 2021

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner