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  • January 26, 2018, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    Zombie Skate at Rothman Rink

    Terror Behind the Walls partners with Center City District for Zombie Skate at Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park. You can skate with zombies, spin the prize wheel to win Terror Behind the Walls swag, and enjoy zombie-themed karaoke and food specials in the Rothman Cabin. Plus, come dressed as a zombie yourself for the chance to win a (4) pack of tickets to the Rothman Rink, which includes the cost of skate rentals. Winner will be chosen at 8:30 p.m. 

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  • February 6, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Lauren-Brooke Eisen: Inside Private Prisons: An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass Incarceration

    Free. Reception to follow. Author Lauren-Brooke Eisen examines private prisons through the eyes of inmates, their families, correctional staff, policy makers, activists, ICE employees, undocumented immigrants, and the executives of America’s largest private-prison corporations.

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  • March 6, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: March 2018

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

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  • March 30, 2018, 11:00 am – April 8, 2018, 5:00 pm

    Pop-Up Museum

    Standard Admission. The archives of Eastern State Penitentiary are packed with historic treasures that the public rarely sees. Thousands of photographs, stacks of inmate-written magazines, and even shanks (homemade weapons) are numbered and tucked carefully into museum-grade storage in the site’s administrative offices. Historic site visitors often see photographs of these treasures, but the building’s lack of museum-quality climate control makes it impossible to exhibit the artifacts year-round.

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  • April 3, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: April 2018

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

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  • April 21, 2018, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

    Alumni Reunion

    Standard Admission. Some of Eastern State's alumni--former officers and inmates--return to the cellblocks to share their memories with the public during a Q&A session. The Alumni Reunion is included with admission. Tickets are available online or at the door, subject to availability.

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  • May 1, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Beautiful Parkway... But Where Did All the People Go?

    Free. Reception to follow. Eastern State Penitentiary presents a discussion about a rarely considered aspect of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s construction. Who lived here before the Parkway was constructed? Where did they go?

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  • May 4, 2018, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

    Reception for the 2018 Season

    Free. Eastern State Penitentiary hosts a changing series of exhibits and artist installations as part of its ongoing programming. Please join us as we celebrate Eastern State Penitentiary's 2018 season! Join us for a chance to meet 2018 artists and preview new exhibits. Light refreshments will be served.

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  • June 2, 2018, 11:00 am – June 3, 2018, 4:30 pm

    Prison Food Weekend: Nutraloaf from around the U.S.

    Standard Admission. Eastern State Penitentiary brings back its popular Prison Food Weekend, with a focus in 2018 on Nutraloaf, the “food product” issued as punishment in many American prisons. Courts have generally upheld the rights of prisons to punish inmates with these diets, but the practice remains controversial.

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  • June 5, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: June 2018

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

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  • July 3, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: July 2018

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

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  • July 14, 2018, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Bastille Day

    FREE!

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  • August 7, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: August 2018

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

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  • September 4, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: September 2018

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

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  • September 21, 2018 – November 10, 2018

    Terror Behind the Walls

    Select nights, Sept. 21 through Nov. 10.Tickets starting at $19. 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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  • October 2, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: October 2018

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

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  • November 6, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: November 2018

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

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  • December 4, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: December 2018

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

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