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

    Family Field Trip: Justice, Literature, & Liberation

    Included with standard admission. Second Sunday of every month at 11:30 am. This month, read a passage from a book in our Liberation Library by someone who is fighting or has fought for justice. Then, make a button, inspired by what you've learned, to take home.

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

    Member Saturday: Behind The Clippers | Barbering in Prisons

    Members only. Registration required. In-Person. Jerome Loach, Supervisor of Education, will discuss the history of barbering at Eastern State and its influence in prisons today. Afterwards, stay for an in-person barbering demonstration.

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  • July 28, 2022, 7:00 pm – 7:30 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 13, 2022, 7:00 pm – August 14, 2022, 10:00 pm

    The BOX: End of Isolation Tour

    Separate admission ($20-$50). Tickets on sale now. The BOX is a piece of transformational theater that asks the audience to re-examine long-held notions of punishment and solitary confinement.

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

    Family Field Trip: Creativity & Crafts

    Included with standard admission. Second Sunday of every month at 11:30 am. This month, learn more about crafts made at Eastern State like jewelry, wallets, figurines, and more. Then, make your own piece of jewelry to wear home.

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  • August 15, 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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  • August 20, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: Cabinet of Curiosities | Collecting Eastern State Critters

    Members only. Registration required. In-Person. Meet Greg Cowper of the Academy of Natural Sciences, and learn about his artist installation, "Specimen," featuring insects found at Eastern State. Then, join a site-wide search for new species.

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  • August 25, 2022, 7:00 pm – 7:30 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: Quakers, Faith, and Prison Reform

    Members only. Registration required. In-Person. Arch Street Meeting House staff will explore Quakers’ involvement within the prison system and how their religious tenets have spurred a longstanding commitment to prison reform.

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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: Immigration, Violence, and the Search for Justice

    Members only. Registration required. Hybrid. Join Dr. Zach Schrag for an intriguing discussion of Philadelphia’s 1844 nativist riots and learn how these uprisings continue to resonate today.

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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: Museums | Hubs for Change and Workforce Development

    Members only. Registration required. Virtual. Staff from Eastern State, The Broad, and the Smithsonian discuss creating equitable museum employment programs for returning citizens.

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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: The Future of Prison Museums | A Virtual Tour of Sing Sing

    Members only. Registration required. Virtual. Discover the complicated history of Sing Sing and the incredible plans to operate a museum both inside and outside prison grounds with Executive Director Brent Glass.

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