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.
Virtual Group Tours
These live, discussion-based experiences provide opportunities to reflect on Eastern State’s history and the many impacts of mass incarceration.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Eastern State Penitentiary is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. But the conversation about the legacy of American criminal justice reform continues online!
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We need your help now more than ever. Our Board of Directors have pledged to match all gifts that we receive through December 31, 2020 up to $25,000.
December 1, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Walkies: A Conversation with Shuja Moore and Sydia Bagley
What We're Reading This Week
Federal death row inmate's execution delayed because of attorneys' Covid-19 diagnosis, CNN, November 19, 2020
Instagram of the Week
Share your best Eastern State photos on Instagram for a chance to be featured! Photo by Eastern State Member Julia Patton (@jujubeegrrl).