Skip to main content

Purchase Tickets


Revisit the past. Rethink the future.

From 1829 through 1971, Eastern State Penitentiary was an active prison, and more than 80,000 people were incarcerated behind its imposing walls. Now, these same cellblocks serve as a space for reflection and dialogue about the legacy of criminal justice reform in America. This conversation is more important than ever, and it starts with you.

Become a Member today!

Immerse yourself in history and learn about contemporary issues with unlimited, free daytime admission all year long. Delve even deeper into stories and meaningful discussions at exclusive, members-only events. Eastern State members help support our mission and receive special benefits.

Already a Member?

  • Learn more about your benefits and how to make the most of your membership.
  • You can also 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 and renew your membership.

Interested in giving the gift of membership?

  • Click here to purchase a membership as a gift for someone special. A welcome packet with member card(s) and more information will be sent to the person listed as the primary Member. You can expect to receive a confirmation letter within two weeks.



Daytime admission is always free for members. Step into our historic cellblocks. Learn about Eastern State’s past. Contemplate our shared future.

Receive invitations to members-only events. Learn from experts. Connect with others. Dig deeper.

Special discounts are a bonus perk. Bring home unique, impactful gifts. Research a person who lived or worked here. Rent our site. All for less.

Core benefits of membership include:

  • Free, unlimited daytime admission to the historic site
  • Complimentary one-time guest pass(es)
  • Express admissions line
  • Free photography pass
  • 20% discount in the museum store
  • Invitations to members-only experiences
  • Discounts on ticketed events
  • Subscription to Quarterly Member News


For one person.

Core benefits plus a one-time guest pass for friends and family.

Join Gift Renew

For two people.

Core benefits plus two one-time guest passes for friends and family.

Join Gift Renew

For four people.

Core benefits, four one-time guest passes, plus:

Join Gift Renew

For six people.

Core benefits, six complimentary one-time guest passes, plus:

Join Gift Renew

For eight people.

Core benefits, eight complimentary one-time guest passes, plus:

Join Gift Renew

For ten people.

Core benefits, ten complimentary one-time guest passes, plus:

Join Gift Renew

2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner