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  • May 6, 2022 – September 4, 2022

    Night Tours: Summer Twilight

    Thursday through Sunday evenings, May 6 to September 4. Experience Eastern State's historic cellblocks as the sun goes down.

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  • May 26, 2022, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

    The Searchlight Series: Coss Marte & CONBODY Fitness

    Free. In-Person or Online. Join founder Coss Marte for a discussion about the origins and ongoing work of CONBODY. Then, experience the CONBODY method yourself during a 30- to 40-minute exercise class.

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  • June 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022

    The Searchlight Series

    The Searchlight Series will return with several events, both in-person and virtual, in 2022. Additional dates and topics to be announced.

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  • June 12, 2022, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

    Family Field Trip: June 2022

    Included with standard admission, subject to availability. On the second Sunday of every month at 11:30 am, join Eastern State's education team for a journey through the history of creativity at the penitentiary. This month's theme to be announced.

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  • June 18, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: Fighting for Freedom | Exoneration in Pennsylvania

    Members only. Registration required. Virtual. Legal apprentice Marco Maldonado will lead a powerful discussion on exonerating wrongfully convicted Pennsylvanians.

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  • June 22, 2022, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    Wawa Welcome America: Free Museum Night

    Free. Reservations recommended. Experience Eastern State's historic cellblocks as the sun goes down with a special FREE evening of Night Tours: Summer Twilight. 

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  • June 30, 2022, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Member Night: Security, Surveillance, and Supervision

    Members only. Registration required. In-Person. Membership Specialist Connor Feeney will lead a tour of Eastern State’s iconic radial plan design and share some of the security triumphs and failures of the penitentiary throughout history.

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  • July 10, 2022, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

    Family Field Trip: July 2022

    Included with standard admission, subject to availability. On the second Sunday of every month at 11:30 am, join Eastern State's education team for a journey through the history of creativity at the penitentiary. This month's theme to be announced.

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  • July 16, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: July 2022

    Members only. Registration required. Topic to be announced.

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  • July 28, 2022, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Member Night: Even Before the White House | Toilets at Eastern State

    Members only. Registration required. In-Person. Join Tour Programs Supervisor Matt Murphy for an in-depth look at the history of indoor plumbing and flush toilets at Eastern State.

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  • August 14, 2022, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

    Family Field Trip: August 2022

    Included with standard admission, subject to availability. On the second Sunday of every month at 11:30 am, join Eastern State's education team for a journey through the history of creativity at the penitentiary. This month's theme to be announced.

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  • August 20, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: August 2022

    Members only. Registration required. Topic to be announced.

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  • August 25, 2022, 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Member Night: “I need answers!” | Eastern State Mysteries

    Members only. Registration required. In-Person. Join Eastern State staff in a discussion about the mysteries they hope we can one day solve. And, be sure to bring your own burning questions to the conversation!

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  • September 11, 2022, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

    CollegeFest: Free Student Admission Day

    Free admission for CollegeFest registrants. [Link to register coming soon.]

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  • September 11, 2022, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

    Family Field Trip: September 2022

    Included with standard admission, subject to availability. On the second Sunday of every month at 11:30 am, join Eastern State's education team for a journey through the history of creativity at the penitentiary. This month's theme to be announced.

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  • September 17, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: September 2022

    Members only. Registration required. Topic to be announced.

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  • September 23, 2022 – November 12, 2022

    Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary

    Select nights, September 23 through November 12. Tickets start at $34. This theatrical experience transforms Eastern State into a sprawling Halloween festival featuring haunted houses, historic tours, immersive walkthroughs, themed bars, and more!

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  • October 9, 2022, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

    Family Field Trip: October 2022

    Included with standard admission, subject to availability. On the second Sunday of every month at 11:30 am, join Eastern State's education team for a journey through the history of creativity at the penitentiary. This month's theme to be announced.

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  • October 15, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: October 2022

    Members only. Registration required. Topic to be announced.

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  • October 30, 2022, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Family Fall Festival

    Free for families who live in Philadelphia. Date and time to be confirmed. Join us at Eastern State Penitentiary for some fall-themed family fun! Trick-or-treat inside the penitentiary, then explore Eastern State's history and legacy with the help of a special scavenger hunt designed with children ages 8-13 and their caregivers in mind. Kids in costumes (and their families) receive free admission with proof of Philadelphia residency.

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  • November 13, 2022, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

    Family Field Trip: November 2022

    Included with standard admission, subject to availability. On the second Sunday of every month at 11:30 am, join Eastern State's education team for a journey through the history of creativity at the penitentiary. This month's theme to be announced.

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  • November 19, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: November 2022

    Members only. Registration required. Topic to be announced.

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  • November 25, 2022 – December 21, 2022

    Holiday Toy Drive

    BOGO Daytime Tour Admission for Anyone Who Donates. Donate a toy in exchange for "Buy One, Get One Free" daytime tour admission to Eastern State Penitentiary.

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  • November 25, 2022 – December 31, 2022

    Pop-Up Museum

    Included with admission. For a limited time only, a selection of rarely-seen artifacts from the penitentiary's archives will be on display.

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  • December 11, 2022, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

    Family Field Trip: December 2022

    Included with standard admission, subject to availability. On the second Sunday of every month at 11:30 am, join Eastern State's education team for a journey through the history of creativity at the penitentiary. This month's theme to be announced.

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  • December 17, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: December 2022

    Members only. Registration required. Topic to be announced.

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