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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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Health & 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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Thursday - Sunday, Now - Sept 4

Night Tours: Summer Twilight

Experience Eastern State's historic cellblocks as the sun goes down. Relax and connect outdoors in The Fair Chance Beer Garden. Reflect with hands-on activities like trivia, letter-writing, and art.

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Last Sunday of every month, 10:30 am

ASL Guide-Led Tour & Discussion

Join us for an in-depth, guide-led tour with American Sign Language (ASL) and voice interpretation. Explore the history of Eastern State. Engage in dialogue about criminal justice reform today.

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July 10, 2022, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Family Field Trip: Justice, Literature, & Liberation

Included with standard admission. Second Sunday of every month at 11:30 am. This month, read a passage from a book in our Liberation Library by someone who is fighting or has fought for justice. Then, make a button, inspired by what you've learned, to take home. Learn more

What We're Reading This Week

"California Senate rejects involuntary servitude amendment" by Adam Beam & Don Thompson | Associated Press, June 23, 2022. Photo: Rich Pedroncelli | AP

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Preserving History. Building Futures.

Make a gift to the Preservation Trades Center today to help provide career opportunities for young Philadelphians, bolster a workforce in dire need of well-trained jobseekers, and stabilize Eastern State.

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner