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  • June 7, 2024, 6:00 pm – July 27, 2024, 9:00 pm

    Summer Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary

    Friday and Saturday evenings, June 7 – July 27. This summer, join us during exclusive evening hours to explore the profound impact of recreation on prison life through engaging talks, family-friendly activities, and interactive experiences.

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  • June 22, 2024, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Summer Nights: Art as Inspiration

    Included with Summer Nights admission. Explore Eastern State's artist installations. Meet artists Greg Cowper (Specimen) and William Cromar (GTMO). Have your portrait drawn by Mark Loughney for his ongoing installation Pyrrhic Defeat.

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  • June 29, 2024, 11:00 am – 11:45 am

    ASL Guide-Led Tour and Discussion

    Included with admission, subject to availability. An Eastern State educator leads a Guide-Led Tour and Discussion in partnership with an ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter from Hands UP Productions. This program includes both ASL and voice interpretation.

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  • June 29, 2024, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Summer Nights: Reentry Simulation

    Included with Summer Nights admission. Advance registration required to participate. Through a hands-on reentry simulation, participants will learn about and reflect on some of the many structural challenges people face when returning home from prison.

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  • July 3, 2024, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    Wawa Welcome America: Free Museum Night

    Free. Advance reservations SOLD OUT. Guests in standby line admitted on a first come, first served basis. Enjoy a FREE evening of Summer Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary on Wednesday, July 3 as part of this year's Wawa Welcome America festivities.

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  • July 6, 2024, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Summer Nights: Field Day

    Included with Summer Nights admission. Learn more about the impact of field days throughout Eastern State's history, and participate in contests like a wiffle ball home run derby and footraces.

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  • July 13, 2024, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Summer Nights: Movie Night

    Included with Summer Nights admission. Watch a movie about life in prison and discuss how incarceration is portrayed on screen.

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  • July 14, 2024, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Free Neighbor Day: July 2024

    We invite our neighbors residing in the 19130 and 19121 zip codes to visit free of charge every second Sunday of the month. No reservations required!

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  • July 20, 2024, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Summer Nights: Animal Appreciation Night

    Included with Summer Nights admission. Meet some adoptable dogs from New Leash on Life USA. Learn about Eastern State's Pep the Dog and consider the impact of animals in prisons today.

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  • July 27, 2024, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Summer Nights: Music Trivia Night

    Included with Summer Nights admission. Test your knowledge and win Eastern State merchandise! Plus, enjoy a live music performance by Justin Griggs, and participate in music-themed, hands-on activities.

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  • August 11, 2024, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Free Neighbor Day: August 2024

    We invite our neighbors residing in the 19130 and 19121 zip codes to visit free of charge every second Sunday of the month. No reservations required!

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  • September 8, 2024, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Free Neighbor Day: September 2024

    We invite our neighbors residing in the 19130 and 19121 zip codes to visit free of charge every second Sunday of the month. No reservations required!

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  • September 15, 2024, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

    CollegeFest: Free Student Admission

    Free Daytime Admission for CollegeFest Registrants. Timed Tickets Required. Students, sign up for CollegeFest and enjoy free daytime admission to Eastern State Penitentiary!

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  • October 13, 2024, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Free Neighbor Day: October 2024

    We invite our neighbors residing in the 19130 and 19121 zip codes to visit free of charge every second Sunday of the month. No reservations required!

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  • November 10, 2024, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Free Neighbor Day: November 2024

    We invite our neighbors residing in the 19130 and 19121 zip codes to visit free of charge every second Sunday of the month. No reservations required!

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  • November 17, 2024, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

    In-Person Scout Day: Architecture

    $21 per person. Advance registration required. BSA scouts, GSUSA scouts, and all youth — join us to learn about the penitentiary's history, its unique design, the ethics of prison architecture, and careers in architecture and historic preservation.

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  • December 8, 2024, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Free Neighbor Day: December 2024

    We invite our neighbors residing in the 19130 and 19121 zip codes to visit free of charge every second Sunday of the month. No reservations required!

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  • December 14, 2024, 11:00 am – 2:15 pm

    Virtual Scout Day: Architecture

    $17 per participant. Online via Zoom. BSA scouts, GSUSA scouts, and all youth — join us to learn about Eastern State's history, the penitentiary's unique design, the ethics of prison architecture, and careers in architecture and historic preservation.

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