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.
Virtual Group Tours
Groups can now virtually partake in our award-winning guided tour program! These live, interactive experiences are facilitated by expert educators and can be tailored to meet any group's needs.
Reopening March 2021!
Eastern State Penitentiary is temporarily closed to the public. But the conversation about the legacy of American criminal justice reform continues online!
We've faced unprecedented challenges over the past year, and we met them head-on with a spirit of innovation. Still, we need your help now more than ever.
January 18, 2021, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Day (VIRTUAL)
What We're Reading This Week
Government Appeals Stay Of Execution For Only Female On Federal Death Row, NPR, January 12, 2021
Instagram of the Week
Share your best Eastern State photos on Instagram for a chance to be featured! This week's photo by @smsalvino_photography.