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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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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.

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Reopening March 2021!

Closure Updates

Eastern State Penitentiary is temporarily closed to the public. But the conversation about the legacy of American criminal justice reform continues online!

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Give Today!

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.

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January 18, 2021, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Dr. Martin Luther King Day (VIRTUAL)

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What We're Reading This Week

Government Appeals Stay Of Execution For Only Female On Federal Death Row, NPR, January 12, 2021

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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.

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner