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.
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Support This Once-In-A-Decade Effort
Help us add a 2020 bar to our centerpiece exhibit, The Big Graph, and foster the important conversations happening there.
February 13, 2022, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Family Field Trip: Music, Creativity, and Protest
Included with admission. Make your own musical instrument. Learn more about music as a form of protest throughout history. For children ages 8-13 and their caregivers. Learn more
What We're Reading This Week
"Detainees Sue Arkansas Jail that Gave Them Ivermectin to Treat Covid" By Eduardo Medina | The New York Times, Jan 17, 2022. Photo: Google Maps
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