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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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NEW this fall!

Night Tours

Terror Behind the Walls, our annual haunted house, is cancelled this year due to COVID-19. But don’t cancel your fall visit to Eastern State yet! Night Tours, new for 2020, run select evenings through Nov. 15.

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Health and Safety Measures

We're now open Fri-Sun for daytime tours, as well as select evenings for Night Tours. The health and safety of staff and visitors is our top priority. Learn more about what you can expect during your visit.

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Give Today -- Double Your Impact!

We need your help now more than ever. Our Board of Directors have pledged to match all gifts that we receive through December 31, 2020 up to $25,000.

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November 3, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Ballots Through Bars: A Conversation on Voting Rights for People in Prison

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What We're Reading This Week

Federal judge rules against Treasury and IRS again: The incarcerated are entitled to stimulus checks, The Washington Post, October 19, 2020



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Instagram of the Week

Share your best Eastern State photos on Instagram for a chance to be featured! Photo by @farisj87.

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner