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  • December 1, 2017, 10:00 am – December 23, 2017, 5:00 pm

    Holiday Toy Drive

    BOGO Admission for Anyone Who Donates. Donate a toy December 1 – 23, 2017 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. What are the holidays like for these families?  

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  • January 13, 2018, 11:30 am – January 15, 2018, 3:30 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 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

    The Searchlight Series: May 2018

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

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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, 7:00 pm – November 10, 2018, 7:00 pm

    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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