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Eastern State has faced unprecedented challenges over the past year, and we met them head-on with a spirit of innovation. Still, moments of normalcy and hope do not obscure the fundamental truth.

We need your help now more than ever. Donate today!

2020 forced many difficult decisions. We drastically reduced our tour hours and capacity. We suspended Terror Behind the Walls, which supported more than half of our operating budget. And finally, we closed the site for a second time during the typically busy holiday season. Things look different at Eastern State right now.

screenshot of an educator leading a virtual school tour for several students

A deep commitment to our mission pushed us forward. With Terror Behind the Walls paused, we launched successful Night Tours. To replace in-person school trips, we now offer virtual group tours. Still, our work is only possible with your help. Make a gift today.

Donating in 2021 could be a win-win! In December 2020, Congress passed the “Consolidated Appropriations Act” which extends and expands several 2020 CARES Act provisions that benefit donors to nonprofits like Eastern State. Learn more here.

We hope that you’ll visit us when our site reopens in March 2021 and bring your friends! We also hope that, if you’re able, you’ll make a gift today, so we can sustain our work for many years to come. 


2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner