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Connect and Learn | Closure Updates

REOPENING MARCH 2021!

The safety of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. Due to ongoing public health concerns and COVID-19 restrictions, Eastern State Penitentiary is temporarily closed to the public with plans to reopen in March 2021.

All virtual events will continue as scheduled unless otherwise specified. Additional updates will be shared on this page and our social media platforms.

Want to connect with us in the meantime? The conversation about the legacy of American criminal justice reform continues online!

FREE Virtual Programs – Join us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about Eastern State’s history and discuss the prison system today, all from home.


Book a Virtual Group Tour –These live, interactive, discussion-based experiences provide opportunities to reflect on Eastern State’s original grand objectives, its change over time, and the racial, economic, and geographic impacts of mass incarceration. Learn more!


Here’s what’s happening online:

Monday, January 18

Dr. Martin Luther King Day
11:00 am - 2:00 pm ET
Live-streamed on Facebook and via Zoom webinar.
Join Eastern State Penitentiary online as we commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his 1963 "Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Engage in special virtual readings from the landmark text – led by students, educators, activists, and community members – and respond to its relevance today. Between each session, special guests will provide space for reflection and connection as they share music, poetry, and art. Learn More >

Friday, January 22

Prisons and the Pandemic
Pre-recorded video on Facebook.
Public Programming Specialist Damon McCool shares the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic inside of prisons and jails throughout the United States. Listen and engage in discussion with others in the comments.

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