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Become a Member

As a member, you and your family or friends will enjoy a full year of activities, special events, and unlimited access to the historic site during public hours. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing you are aiding site operations and the presentation of engaging programs. Several memberships directly advance preservation efforts.

Members also receive passes for Terror Behind the Walls. All passes are good for either adults or children ages 7+. Passes are valid on select 2017 dates. Memberships purchased or renewed on or after September 1, 2017 will receive Terror Behind the Walls passes for 2018.

There are four ways to order memberships:
1. Purchase a membership online now.
2. Order over the phone by calling (215) 236-5111 x 224.
3. Print a membership form (see below) and fax it with your credit card information to (215) 236-5289.
4. Print a membership form (see below) and mail it with your check, money order, or credit card information to the historic site offices:

Eastern State Penitentiary
Membership Department
2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Download a membership form:
Adobe PDF document or Microsoft Word document

All members receive:

  • Free admission to the historic site, daytime public events, and evening The Searchlight Series discussions for one year (Member must be present with photo ID.)
  • Discount in the Museum Store
  • Discount for genealogy research
  • Invitations to ESP Insider programs
  • Free use of an equipment pass while on site (e.g. tripod, easel)
  • An opportunity to enter the Members’ Photo Contest (held each November)
  • Passes to selected dates of Terror Behind the Walls, our annual Halloween fundraiser*

Additional benefits are listed below.

$50 ($31 tax-deductible)
Includes all of the benefits listed above for one individual
10% discount in the Museum Store
Includes one Terror Behind the Walls member pass*
Member must be present with photo ID.

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$75 ($37 tax-deductible)
Includes all of the benefits listed above for two individuals
10% discount in the Museum Store
Includes two Terror Behind the Walls member passes*
Member must be present with photo ID.

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$100 ($24 tax-deductible)
Includes all of the benefits listed above for four individuals
10% discount in the Museum Store
Includes four Terror Behind the Walls member passes*
Member must be present with photo ID.

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$250 ($146 tax-deductible)
100% will help to open a mess hall to expand our food-focused "Soup Alley" tour.
Includes all benefits listed above for six individuals
15% discount in the Museum Store
20% discount on photo and film shoot rentals
Preferred access to ESP Insider programs
Includes four Terror Behind the Walls Gold Passes with Quick Passes**
Includes donor recognition on Eastern State's website
Member must be present with photo ID.

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$500 ($344 tax-deductible)
100% will help to open a mess hall to expand our food-focused "Soup Alley" tour.
Includes all benefits listed above for eight individuals
20% discount in the Museum Store
20% discount on photo and film shoot rentals
Preferred access to ESP Insider programs
Includes six Terror Behind the Walls Gold Passes with Quick Passes**
Includes one invitation to annual Terror Behind the Walls Kickoff Party (admits two)
Includes donor recognition on Eastern State's website
Member must be present with photo ID.

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$1,000+ ($792 tax-deductible)
100% will help to open a mess hall to expand our food-focused "Soup Alley" tour.
Includes all benefits listed above for ten individuals
20% discount in the Museum Store
20% discount on photo and film shoot rentals
Preferred access to ESP Insider programs
Includes a private “Behind the Scenes” tour for ten guests***
Includes eight Terror Behind the Walls Gold Passes with Quick Passes**
Includes one invitation to annual Terror Behind the Walls Kickoff Party Party (admits two)
Includes donor recognition on Eastern State's website
Member must be present with photo ID.

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Please note: Member must show photo ID for admission and must accompany all guests.

The I.R.S. allows members of 501(c)(3) charitable organizations to deduct only the amount of the membership payment that exceeds the value of the goods or services received. The tax-deductibility of your membership is estimated above and increases when you decline the Terror Behind the Walls ticket benefit option by August 31.

All passes for Terror Behind the Walls are good for either adults or children ages 7+. Passes are valid on select 2017 dates, to be announced by June 30, 2017.

* Member Passes: approximately 12 dates available. Blackout dates apply.
** Gold Passes: approximately 18 dates available. Blackout dates apply.
*** Call April O'Brien at (215) 236-5111 x225 or email [email protected] to arrange.

Memberships purchased or renewed on or after September 1, 2017 will receive Terror Behind the Walls passes for 2018.

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