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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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Select Evenings, Now - Nov 12

Halloween Nights

Sinister scares, enchanting entertainment, and unforgettable moments... all in a truly one-of-a-kind setting. Featuring five thrilling haunted houses plus historic tours, themed bars, live entertainment, and more!

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Why We Love Halloween

For more than 30 years, Halloween fundraisers have helped us at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site achieve some of our most critical work.

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October 15, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Member Saturday: Immigration, Violence, and the Search for Justice

Members only. Registration required. Hybrid (In-Person or Virtual). Join Dr. Zach Schrag for an intriguing discussion of Philadelphia’s 1844 nativist riots and learn how these uprisings continue to resonate today. Learn more

What We're Reading

"Justice Dept. to Seek Stiffer Sentences in Prisoner Abuse Cases"; by Glenn Thrush; The New York Times; September 29, 2022; Photo: Tom Brenner

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Pic of the Week

Share your best Eastern State photos on Instagram for a chance to be featured. Be sure to tag us @easternstate! This week's photo by @fuzzymanbaby.

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner