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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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Healthy & Safety

The health and safety of our staff and visitors remains our top priority. Learn more about mask requirements and other measures we have in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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New for 2021!

Night Tours: Summer Twilight

Explore Eastern State as the sun goes down. Enjoy The Fair Chance Beer Garden and engage with hands-on activities. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, May 7 through September 4.

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Give Today

Help us to preserve this National Historic Landmark and promote our mission to interpret the legacy of criminal justice reform in America.

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April 17, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Member Saturday: Eastern State Adapts for Climate Change

Members only. Registration required. In celebration of Earth Day, join Sally Elk, President & CEO, and Liz Trumbull, Manager of Historic Preservation, as they discuss Eastern State’s efforts in sustainability. Learn more

What We're Reading This Week

After spending 44 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, this man says his life is worth more than $750,000, CNN, April 7, 2021

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Instagram of the Week

Share your best Eastern State photos on Instagram for a chance to be featured! Photo by Eastern State Member David Sherman (@goodcleandave).

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner