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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 held nearly 85,000 people over its long history, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone.

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Revisit the past. Rethink the future. Members support the work we do every day and receive exclusive benefits like free daytime admission, invitations to members-only experiences, special discounts, and more!

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Select nights, Sept 22 - Nov 11

Halloween Nights

Step through Eastern State's massive front gate and into an immersive Halloween festival featuring five haunted houses plus historic tours, themed bars and lounges, live entertainment, and more! 

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Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Help us to preserve this National Historic Landmark and advance our mission to interpret the legacy of criminal justice reform in America.

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October 3, 2023, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Member Forum: Meet The President

Members only. Registration required. In-Person. Join us for a member forum to hear from and speak with Eastern State's new President & CEO, Dr. Kerry Sautner. Snacks and soft drinks will be provided. Learn more

What We're Reading

"The Dungeons & Dragons players of Death Row" written by Keri Blakinger for the New York Times, August 31, 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 @miahs.pov.

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner