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.
Healthy & Safety
The health and safety of our staff and visitors remains our top priority. Learn more about what you can expect during your visit.
Select Nights, Sept. 24 through Nov. 13
A Halloween festival of epic proportions featuring haunted houses, historic tours, immersive walkthroughs, themed bars, and more!
Help us to preserve this National Historic Landmark and advance our mission to interpret the legacy of criminal justice reform in America.
September 30, 2021, 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Member Nights: 30 Years of Halloween | A Q&A for Members
Members only. Registration required. Celebrate 30 years of Halloween at Eastern State Penitentiary with a virtual Q&A. Learn more
What We're Reading This Week
Prison guards union asks court to review vax-or-test mandate, The Philadelphia Inquirer | MARK SCOLFORO and MICHAEL RUBINKAM, The Associated Press, Sept. 2, 2021
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