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  • June 1, 2019, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

    Alumni Reunion (Final Year)

    Standard Admission. Some of Eastern State's alumni – former officers and prisoners – return to the cellblocks one last time to share their memories with the public during a Q&A session. It has been nearly fifty years since Eastern State closed its doors and ceased operations as an active prison. Decades have passed since this chapter in the penitentiary’s story came to an end. For the last twenty years, at our annual Alumni Reunion, we have had the opportunity to learn from some of the people who lived and worked here until 1971.

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  • June 4, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Anne Parsons: Decarcerating America: Efforts to Close Mental Hospitals and Prisons

    Free. Reception to follow.

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  • June 15, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: Prison Labor: From Eastern State to Parchman Farm

    Members only.  Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a new members-only program. Experience Eastern State as only members can, through exclusive tours on the third Saturday of each month at 11:00 am. These unique, members-only events shed light on new historical findings, take you behind the scenes, and much more. Discover our collections, explore our site, illuminate history, and make unexpected connections. June Member Saturday: Prison Labor: From Eastern State to Parchman Farm

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  • July 2, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: July 2019

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker and topic to be announced. 

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  • July 3, 2019, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Wawa Welcome America: Free Museum Night

    Free. Further details to be announced. 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. Historic site programming, especially "The Voices of Eastern State" Audio Tour, is subject to availability. Capacity is limited. Not recommended for children under the age of seven.

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  • July 20, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: July 2019

    Members only.  Topic to be announced. Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a new members-only program. Experience Eastern State as only members can, through exclusive tours on the third Saturday of each month at 11:00 am. These unique, members-only events shed light on new historical findings, take you behind the scenes, and much more. Discover our collections, explore our site, illuminate history, and make unexpected connections. This event is free for all members. 

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  • August 6, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: August 2019

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker and topic to be announced. 

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  • August 15, 2019, 7:00 pm – September 12, 2019, 10:00 pm

    Hidden Lives Illuminated

    Animated films by currently-incarcerated artists, projected onto the facade of Eastern State Penitentiary.

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  • August 17, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: August 2019

    Members only.  Topic to be announced. Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a new members-only program. Experience Eastern State as only members can, through exclusive tours on the third Saturday of each month at 11:00 am. These unique, members-only events shed light on new historical findings, take you behind the scenes, and much more. Discover our collections, explore our site, illuminate history, and make unexpected connections. This event is free for all members. 

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  • September 3, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: September 2019

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker and topic to be announced. 

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  • September 20, 2019 – November 9, 2019

    Terror Behind the Walls

    Select nights, Sept. 20 through Nov. 9.Ticket 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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  • September 21, 2019, 7:00 am – 9:30 am

    Members Photography Morning

    Members only.  Members have exclusive access to photograph parts of the penitentiary in the early morning light. Coffee and light breakfast fare will be provided. Space is limited. For more information, or to RSVP, email [email protected] This is a members-only event. Not a member? Join today!

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  • September 21, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: September 2019

    Members only.  Topic to be announced. Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a new members-only program. Experience Eastern State as only members can, through exclusive tours on the third Saturday of each month at 11:00 am. These unique, members-only events shed light on new historical findings, take you behind the scenes, and much more. Discover our collections, explore our site, illuminate history, and make unexpected connections. This event is free for all members. 

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  • October 1, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: October 2019

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker and topic to be announced. 

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  • October 5, 2019, 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 North Philadelphia’s 22nd District for an informal conversation—over coffee—about issues that matter to you.

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  • October 19, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: October 2019

    Members only.  Topic to be announced. Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a new members-only program. Experience Eastern State as only members can, through exclusive tours on the third Saturday of each month at 11:00 am. These unique, members-only events shed light on new historical findings, take you behind the scenes, and much more. Discover our collections, explore our site, illuminate history, and make unexpected connections. This event is free for all members. 

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  • November 5, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: November 2019

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker and topic to be announced. 

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  • November 16, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: November 2019

    Members only.  Topic to be announced. Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a new members-only program. Experience Eastern State as only members can, through exclusive tours on the third Saturday of each month at 11:00 am. These unique, members-only events shed light on new historical findings, take you behind the scenes, and much more. Discover our collections, explore our site, illuminate history, and make unexpected connections. This event is free for all members. 

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  • November 29, 2019 – December 22, 2019

    Holiday Toy Drive

    BOGO Admission for Anyone Who Donates. Donate a toy November 29 - December 22, 2019 in exchange for "Buy One, Get One Free" admission to ESP.   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 3, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: December 2019

    Free. Reception to follow. Speaker and topic to be announced. 

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  • December 21, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: December 2019

    Members only.  Topic to be announced. Join us on the third Saturday of every month for a new members-only program. Experience Eastern State as only members can, through exclusive tours on the third Saturday of each month at 11:00 am. These unique, members-only events shed light on new historical findings, take you behind the scenes, and much more. Discover our collections, explore our site, illuminate history, and make unexpected connections. This event is free for all members. 

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