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 once held many of America's most notorious lawbreakers, including "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone.
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Terror Behind the Walls
Terror Behind the Walls, America’s largest haunted house, is called “perfect for Halloween” by The New York Times, named #1 in the nation by Forbes, and featured on NBC’s TODAY Show.
Select nights, September 20 - November 9.
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October 7, 2019, 4:00 pm – October 31, 2019, 5:00 pm
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What We're Reading this Week
California bans private prisons – including Ice detention centers, The Guardian, September 12, 2019
Closed Oct. 28
Eastern State will be closed to the public October 28 for the Justice Votes 2020 Town Hall.