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Current Members

Thank you for being a Member! As a Member, you support our mission and enjoy opportunities to experience Eastern State in unique ways. Take full advantage of year-round free admission. Reflect on the past as you walk our historic cellblocks, and rethink the future as you engage with site-specific artist installations and award-winning exhibits. Plus, join us for exclusive members-only experiences to delve even further into all that Eastern State has to offer.

Renewing Your Membership
You can renew your membership online at any time. Just enter your member number (found on the back of your member card) and the primary Member’s last name to locate your account. The information we currently have on file will appear. Update your information, and then, enter payment details to renew. 

Accessing Your Benefits
Your member card is your key to unlocking experiences at Eastern State. New members will receive member card(s) in the mail along with a welcome packet within approximately two weeks of joining. These member cards will be reactivated and can be used year after year as long as you continue to renew your membership.

Visiting Eastern State
Be sure to bring your member card every time you visit Eastern State! You’ll receive:

  • Free daytime admission
  • Access to an express admissions line
  • A free photography pass
  • 20% off in the museum store*
  • A special member button to wear on site

*This benefit does not apply to Neighborhood members.

Experiencing Special Events
All members receive invitations to members-only experiences.

  • Check our member events page for the latest on exclusive experiences, curated just for you.
  • Mark your calendar now for Member Saturday tours at 11:00 am on the third Saturday of every month. Reserve your free tickets online.
  • Be a part of the larger Eastern State community. Engage with the legacy of American criminal justice reform at public events throughout the year, often with extra perks for members.


Using Your NARM Association Benefits
Members at the Family and Friends, Contributor, Ambassador, and Visionary levels receive North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association benefits. Show the NARM logo on your member card and receive up to two complimentary admissions to all participating museums, excluding those within a 15-mile radius of Eastern State.

Getting In Touch
Have a question about your benefits? Check out our Membership FAQ. Or, feel free to contact us at [email protected] or by calling 215-236-5111 x224.

An interior image of an old cell block within Eastern State, from the second floor.

From social events to members-only lectures, there's a lot of value in membership. Most of all, it helps preserve not only the physical building, but our local and national history.

An old historic photograph of Eastern State's front facade.

I love everything about Eastern State Penitentiary—the history and its connection to prisons today.

An aerial photograph of Eastern State penitentiary with the Philadelphia skyline in the background.

I can’t think of another historic site that’s doing so much to walk the walk of social justice and political engagement while also doing a [great] job interpreting their past and their site.

2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner