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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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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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Open Every Day

Eastern State Penitentiary is open for tours every day from 10 am to 5 pm. Have questions about how to get here, where to park, and what to expect? We've got answers to these frequently asked questions and more!

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Keep History Alive Here

Your gift will help us expand our education team, broaden our Preservation Trades Center, grow our artist installation program, and continue to foster dialogue about criminal justice reform.

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February 11, 2023, 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Guide-Led Sensory-Friendly Touch Tour

Free. Advance registration required. Eastern State Penitentiary invites people who are blind, who have low vision, or who have sensory sensitivity needs to experience the historic site through a sensory-friendly touch tour. Learn more

What We're Reading

"Prosecutors to Congress: Let state prisons jam cellphones." by Meg Kinnard of The Associated Press. January 25, 2023.

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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 @jhmcreationz.

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner