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  • March 3, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Malik Neal and Dante Jones: Supporting Philadelphians Caught in the Cash Bail System

    Free. Reception to follow. Malik Neal and Dante Jones will describe the work of the Philadelphia Bail Fund to support people incarcerated simply for their inability to pay bail.

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  • March 21, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: Neighborhood Connections | Eastern State and Girard College

    Members only. Registration required. Eastern State Penitentiary and Girard College have been neighbors for more than 180 years. Go behind the Girard College wall for a behind-the-scenes tour and discussion exploring the historical links between these two Philadelphia landmarks.

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  • April 7, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: April 2020

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker to be announced.

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  • April 18, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: Explore the Newly Preserved Soup Alley

    Members only. Registration required. Join President and CEO Sally Elk to explore one of our most recent preservation projects, Soup Alley. Visit the site’s communal dining area for prisoners, and, for the first time, step inside a mess hall and enjoy an unobscured view of the main kitchen.

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  • May 1, 2020, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

    Reception for the 2020 Season

    Free. Eastern State Penitentiary hosts a changing series of exhibits and artist installations as part of its ongoing programming. Join us as we celebrate our 2020 season with an after-hours reception, free and open to the public! Visitors will be some of the first to view two new site-specific artist installations. Light refreshments will be served.

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  • May 5, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: May 2020

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker to be announced.

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  • May 16, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: Ron Johnson | Yard Out Fitness

    Members only. Registration required. Join Ron Johnson to learn about his journey from incarceration to establishing a career as a certified personal trainer. Ron will discuss training his mind and body while he was incarcerated, and how these practices led to his current work as a personal trainer. Then, Ron will lead a light training session appropriate for all abilities. Please dress comfortably and for the weather.

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  • June 2, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: June 2020

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker to be announced.

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  • June 20, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: Meet the Artist

    Members only. Registration required. Meet an artist with an installation at Eastern State and learn more about what it’s like to create site-specific art for the penitentiary. Have you ever wondered what inspires artists to install work here? Or are you curious about what their artistic process entails? Maybe you want to learn more about how the lack of climate control and overall conditions at the penitentiary affect their process.

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  • June 30, 2020, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Wawa Welcome America: Free Museum Night

    Free. Ticket required to guarantee entry; link to reserve tickets will be made available prior to the event. Explore America’s most historic prison at dusk! Free Museum Night admission includes “The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour narrated by actor Steve Buscemi, Hands-On History interactive experiences, history exhibits, and artist installations.

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  • July 7, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: July 2020

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker to be announced.

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  • July 18, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: July 2020

    Members only. Registration required. Topic to be announced. This event is free for all members. Reserve free tickets online or call 215-236-5111 x224. Space is limited.  Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a special members-only program.

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  • August 4, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: August 2020

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker to be announced.

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  • August 15, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: August 2020

    Members only. Registration required. Topic to be announced. This event is free for all members. Reserve free tickets online or call 215-236-5111 x224. Space is limited.  Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a special members-only program.

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  • September 1, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: September 2020

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker to be announced.

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  • September 19, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: September 2020

    Members only. Registration required. Topic to be announced. This event is free for all members. Reserve free tickets online or call 215-236-5111 x224. Space is limited.  Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a special members-only program.

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  • September 25, 2020 – November 14, 2020

    Terror Behind the Walls

    Select nights, September 25 through November 14Ticket prices vary. Terror Behind the Walls, America’s largest haunted house, is called “perfect for Halloween” by The New York Times, named #1 in the nation by Forbes, and featured on NBC’s TODAY Show. Terror Behind the Walls takes place inside the massive, castle-like walls of Eastern State Penitentiary and is consistently ranked among the top haunted attractions in America.

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  • October 6, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: October 2020

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker to be announced.

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  • October 11, 2020, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Coffee with a Cop

    Free. Eastern State Penitentiary is proud to partner with the Philadelphia Police Department for Coffee with a Cop. Join officers from the Philadelphia Police Department for an informal conversation—over coffee—about issues that matter to you.

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  • October 17, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: October 2020

    Members only. Registration required. Topic to be announced. This event is free for all members. Reserve free tickets online or call 215-236-5111 x224. Space is limited.  Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a special members-only program.

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  • November 3, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: November 2020

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker to be announced.

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  • November 21, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: November 2020

    Members only. Registration required. Topic to be announced. This event is free for all members. Reserve free tickets online or call 215-236-5111 x224. Space is limited.  Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a special members-only program.

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  • November 27, 2020 – December 20, 2020

    Holiday Toy Drive

    BOGO Admission for Anyone Who Donates. Donate a toy November 27 through December 20, 2020 in exchange for "Buy One, Get One Free" admission to Eastern State.   One in 28 American kids has a parent behind bars. In Pennsylvania alone, there are approximately 81,096 children with a parent incarcerated in a PA state prison. How can we come together as a community to support families experiencing incarceration during the holidays?

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  • December 1, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: December 2020

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker to be announced.

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  • December 19, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: December 2020

    Members only. Registration required. Topic to be announced. This event is free for all members. Reserve free tickets online or call 215-236-5111 x224. Space is limited.  Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a special members-only program.

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