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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. Purchase online. 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: Meet the Model Makers

    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. April Member Saturday: Meet the Model Makers

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  • May 2, 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.

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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: Behind the Scenes: 25 Years of Art at Eastern State

    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. May Member Saturday: Behind the Scenes: 25 Years of Art at Eastern State

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  • June 1, 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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  • 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: 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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  • 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, 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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