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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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Join us online on Feb 22!

Justice 101

This new virtual series examines the history of the justice system in America from its founding to today and the impact it has on our society, citizens, and world. Join us online on February 22 at 2:00 pm ET for "Does the First Amendment Apply in Prisons?".

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Plan Your Visit

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is currently open Wednesday through Monday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. We are closed on Tuesdays and on the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

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Revisit the past. Rethink the future.

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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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February 18, 2024, 10:30 am – 11:45 am

ASL Guide-Led Tour and Discussion

Included with admission, subject to availability. An Eastern State educator leads a Guide-Led Tour and Discussion in partnership with an ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter from Hands UP Productions. This program includes both ASL and voice interpretation. Learn more

Apply for the Collaboratory for Justice Education

Dedicated and enthusiastic team members of the Collaboratory for Justice Education at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site will actively participate in a dynamic community committed to generating innovative solutions for understanding intricate societal issues.

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Eastern State Penitentiary is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Help us preserve this National Historic Landmark and promote our mission to interpret the legacy of criminal justice reform in America through a diverse slate of programming and initiatives.

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2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner