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  • May 7, 2021 – September 4, 2021

    Night Tours: Summer Twilight

    Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Tickets start at $19. Experience Eastern State's historic cellblocks as the sun goes down.

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  • August 3, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Women, Reentry, and Fair Chance Hiring

    Free. Live-streamed on Facebook and via Zoom webinar. Women are the fastest growing demographic group among people who are incarcerated yet are navigating a criminal justice system that does not recognize their unique experiences and needs. Hear from panelists, including fair chance employers, who are at the forefront of creating meaningful reentry opportunities that recognize the individual needs, strengths, and agency of women.

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  • August 21, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: Providing a New Leash on Life

    Members only. Registration required. Join New Leash on Life USA’s Vice President of Prison Programs Rob Rosa for an uplifting discussion about how training at-risk shelter dogs can reduce recidivism and restore lives.

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  • August 26, 2021, 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    Member Nights: Calling Eastern State Home

    Members only. Registration required. Discover Eastern State’s administrative building. Explore spaces designed for the men and women who were employed by the world’s first true penitentiary.

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  • September 7, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: September 2021

    Free. Topic and speaker(s) to be announced. This event is part of Eastern State's ongoing Searchlight Series of events addressing issues in contemporary corrections. The Searchlight Series discussions take place the first Tuesday of every month, free and open to the public. No reservations required.

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  • September 18, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: On the High Seas: A Nautical History of Eastern State

    Members only. Registration required. Eastern State and Independence Seaport Museum staff will share stories of 19th-century crimes committed “on the high seas” and the sailors who were incarcerated at Eastern State.

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  • September 24, 2021 – November 13, 2021

    Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary

    Select nights, September 24 through November 13. Tickets start at $34. This brand-new immersive experience transforms Eastern State into a sprawling festival featuring haunted houses, historic tours, immersive walkthroughs, themed bars, and more!

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  • October 5, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: October 2021

    Free. Topic and speaker(s) to be announced. This event is part of Eastern State's ongoing Searchlight Series of events addressing issues in contemporary corrections. The Searchlight Series discussions take place the first Tuesday of every month, free and open to the public. No reservations required.

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  • October 16, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: Families on the Inside

    Members only. Registration required. Discover the accounts of families at Eastern State and in prisons today. Plus, investigate the rarely seen living quarters of Eastern State’s wardens.

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  • November 2, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: November 2021

    Free. Topic and speaker(s) to be announced. This event is part of Eastern State's ongoing Searchlight Series of events addressing issues in contemporary corrections. The Searchlight Series discussions take place the first Tuesday of every month, free and open to the public. No reservations required. 

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  • November 20, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: New Justice Models for Veterans

    Members only. Registration required. Learn about the history of veterans of Eastern State and examine the development and rise of Veteran Treatment Courts with Derek Coy of the New York State Health Foundation.

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  • November 26, 2021 – December 19, 2021

    Holiday Toy Drive

    BOGO Daytime Admission for Anyone Who Donates. Donate a toy from November 26 through December 19, 2021 in exchange for "Buy One, Get One Free" daytime tour admission to Eastern State Penitentiary.

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  • December 7, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: December 2021

    Free. Topic and speaker(s) to be announced. This event is part of Eastern State's ongoing Searchlight Series of events addressing issues in contemporary corrections. The Searchlight Series discussions take place the first Tuesday of every month, free and open to the public. No reservations required. 

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  • December 17, 2021 – January 2, 2022

    Pop-Up Museum

    Standard Admission. For a limited time only, Eastern State Penitentiary presents Pop-Up Museum. A selection of artifacts from Eastern State's archives will be on display. Theme to be announced.

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  • December 18, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: Eastern State Underground

    Members only. Registration required. Join our history and preservation experts as we unearth Eastern State’s fascinating subterranean history.

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