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

    Member Saturday: Dr. Martin Luther King Weekend

    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. January Member Saturday: Dr. Martin Luther King Weekend

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  • January 19, 2019, 11:30 am – January 21, 2019, 5:00 pm

    Dr. Martin Luther King Weekend

    Readings of the Letter and Family Activities: Free. ESP Tours: Standard Admission. Eastern State Penitentiary commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his 1963 "Letter from Birmingham Jail" with special readings from the landmark text and opportunities for visitors to respond to its relevance today.

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

    Brianna Remster: The Impact of Incarceration on Political Representation and Voting

    Free. Reception to follow.

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

    Member Saturday: Unearthing Stories through Genealogy

    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. February Member Saturday: Unearthing Stories through Genealogy

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  • February 23, 2019, 11:00 am – March 3, 2019, 1:00 pm

    Prison Labor Tour and Book Discussion: One Book, One Philadelphia

    Free. Registration required. This event is part of One Book, One Philadelphia, a signature event of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

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  • March 5, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Marc Mauer: The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences

    Free. Reception to follow. Today one in every seven people in U.S. prisons is serving a life sentence, a massive increase over previous decades. Marc Mauer will explore the policy changes that have produced this historic growth, and present evidence that life imprisonment actually reduces public safety.

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

    Member Saturday: March 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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  • April 12, 2019, 7:00 pm – April 14, 2019, 10:00 pm

    The Investigation of Warden Michael J. Cassidy

    Tickets required. Check back soon for details. It's 1897. Michael Cassidy, warden of Eastern State Penitentiary, stands accused of cruelty and inhumanity, of neglect and incompetence. And no one – no one – is above the law. Come hear the warden's testimony, uncover evidence, and make your judgement – is he innocent or guilty?

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

    Member Saturday: April 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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  • April 27, 2019, 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 3, 2019, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

    Reception for the 2019 Season

    Free. Eastern State Penitentiary hosts a changing series of exhibits and artist installations as part of its ongoing programming. Join us as we celebrate our 2019 season with an after-hours reception, free and open to the public! You'll have the chance to preview three new artist installations and meet the artists themselves. Light refreshments will be served. New artist installations to be announced soon.

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  • May 7, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: May 2019

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

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  • May 18, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Member Saturday: May 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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  • June 4, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    The Searchlight Series: June 2019

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

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

    Member Saturday: June 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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  • June 28, 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 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 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 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 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 9, 2019, 12:00 pm – November 10, 2019, 4:00 pm

    Family Weekend: Pets in Prison with New Leash on Life USA

    Standard Admission. Eastern State Penitentiary partners with New Leash on Life USA for Family Weekend: Pets in Prison. Families discover unique stories about prison animals all weekend long! Kids hear about Eastern State Penitentiary’s most famous four-legged resident, Pep the Dog; participate in an animal-themed scavenger hunt; and find out how animals continue to play a role in prisons today.

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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 20, 2019

    Holiday Toy Drive

    BOGO Admission for Anyone Who Donates. Donate a toy November 29 - December 20, 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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