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Revisit the past. Rethink the future.

As a member of Eastern State Penitentiary, you will get to experience America’s leading criminal justice museum for an entire year, receive exclusive access to members-only events, enjoy special discounts at our store, and more.

Your membership also supports our important mission: interpreting the legacy of American criminal justice reform, from the nation’s founding through to the present day, within the long-abandoned cellblocks of the nation’s most historic prison. We look forward to having you join us!

Please Note: Eastern State Penitentiary is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. This closure will also result in delays in membership processing. If you purchased a membership online, you will receive a temporary member card by email. Your welcome packet will be mailed as soon as possible. In the meantime, join us for new online programs and virtual members-only events.

  • Ready to join? Become a Member today! 
  • Want to renew? Now, current members can renew their membership using our new portal. Just enter your member number (found on the back of your member card) and your last name to locate and renew your membership.
  • Want to give the gift of membership? Click here to get started!
  • Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or by calling 215-236-5111 x224.


Core benefits of membership include:

  • Free, unlimited daytime admission to the historic site
  • Complimentary one-time guest pass(es)
  • Express admissions line
  • Free photography pass
  • 20% discount in the museum store
  • Invitations to members-only experiences
  • Discounts on ticketed events
  • Subscription to quarterly Member News

For one person. Core benefits plus a one-time guest pass for friends and family. 

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For two people. Core benefits plus two one-time guest passes for friends and family. 

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For four people. Core benefits, four one-time guest passes, plus:


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For six people. Core benefits, six complimentary one-time guest passes, plus:


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For eight people. Core benefits, eight complimentary one-time guest passes, plus:


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For ten people. Core benefits, ten complimentary one-time guest passes, plus:

*Call April O'Brien at (215) 236-5111 x224 or email [email protected] to arrange.

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All categories, benefits, and prices are subject to change.

The tax deductibility of your membership will vary. Please see the acknowledgement you receive from Eastern State for details. Contact the membership department for more information.

2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner