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.
Health & Safety
The health and safety of our staff and visitors remains our top priority. Learn more about what you can expect during your visit.
Thursday - Sunday, Now - Sept 4
Night Tours: Summer Twilight
Experience Eastern State's historic cellblocks as the sun goes down. Relax and connect outdoors in The Fair Chance Beer Garden. Reflect with hands-on activities like trivia, letter-writing, and art.
Last Sunday of every month, 10:30 am
ASL Guide-Led Tour & Discussion
Join us for an in-depth, guide-led tour with American Sign Language (ASL) and voice interpretation. Explore the history of Eastern State. Engage in dialogue about criminal justice reform today.
July 10, 2022, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Family Field Trip: Justice, Literature, & Liberation
Included with standard admission. Second Sunday of every month at 11:30 am. This month, read a passage from a book in our Liberation Library by someone who is fighting or has fought for justice. Then, make a button, inspired by what you've learned, to take home. Learn more
What We're Reading This Week
"California Senate rejects involuntary servitude amendment" by Adam Beam & Don Thompson | Associated Press, June 23, 2022. Photo: Rich Pedroncelli | AP
Preserving History. Building Futures.
Make a gift to the Preservation Trades Center today to help provide career opportunities for young Philadelphians, bolster a workforce in dire need of well-trained jobseekers, and stabilize Eastern State.