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Museum Passes for Libraries

Eastern State Penitentiary offers an organizational membership for libraries that would like to allow their patrons to “check-out” a visit to our historic site.

What You Receive
Library Museum Passes may be borrowed and used by any active patron of your library to access free daytime historic tour admission to Eastern State for up to six people. Admission includes “The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour, narrated by actor Steve Buscemi; our award winning exhibits on mass incarceration, The Big Graph and Prisons Today; history exhibits; and a critically acclaimed series of artist installations.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, hours of operation are currently limited and visitors might experience some changes on site. Visit our Reopening Information page for the most up-to-date information.

Library Museum Passes cannot be used to receive any other member benefits. Library Museum Passes are not valid for Terror Behind the Walls, Night Tours, discounts, special events or facility rentals. Eastern State’s programming is best enjoyed by children ages seven and older. Admission is complimentary for children under seven years old.

COVID-19 Guidelines
The health and safety of our staff and visitors is our top priority. Patrons wishing to use a Library Museum Pass should review our Reopening Information page before they visit for the latest on our protocols and current hours of operation.

Most importantly, staff and visitors (ages 2+) will be required to wear a face mask over their nose and mouth and keep at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other groups at all times. While timed tickets are required for visitors, Library Museum Pass holders do not need a reservation at this time.

Because we recognize that not all patrons are willing or able to visit in person right now, we are offering one complimentary virtual group tour with every Library Museum Pass purchased. Email [email protected] to book.

Details and How to Apply
Library Museum Passes are $199. They are valid for one year after date of purchase and can be renewed annually. Lost cards will be replaced once for free. Subsequent cards will be issued for a $25 fee.

To apply, please fill out the Museum Pass Application for Libraries. If you are paying by credit card you may e-mail the completed form to [email protected]. If you are paying by check (payable to Eastern State Penitentiary), please mail your completed form:

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
Group Sales
2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19130

Still have questions?
Please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or (215) 236-5111 x240.

2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner