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.
Healthy & Safety
The health and safety of our staff and visitors remains our top priority. Learn more about what you can expect during your visit.
Night Tours: Summer Twilight
Explore Eastern State as the sun goes down. Enjoy The Fair Chance Beer Garden and engage with hands-on activities. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, May 7 through September 4.
Help us to preserve this National Historic Landmark and advance our mission to interpret the legacy of criminal justice reform in America.
August 3, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Women, Reentry, and Fair Chance Hiring
What We're Reading This Week
The First Step Act released them from prison. Then the government tried to lock them back up., The Washington Post | Gavin Jenkins, July 25, 2021; Photo: Families Against Mandatory Minimums
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