Skip to main content

Purchase Tickets

Holiday Toy Drive

November 26, 2021 – December 19, 2021

Holiday Toy Drive

BOGO Admission for Anyone Who Donates.

Donate a toy from November 26 through December 19, 2021 in exchange for "Buy One, Get One Free" daytime tour admission to Eastern State Penitentiary.

One in 28 American children has a parent behind bars. In Pennsylvania alone, there are approximately 81,000 children with a parent incarcerated in a Pennsylvania state prison. How can we come together as a community to support families experiencing incarceration during the holidays?

Eastern State Penitentiary partners with local organizations to collect gifts for children who have a currently or recently incarcerated parent. From November 26 through December 19, any Eastern State visitor who donates a new toy or children's book, in its original packaging (but please no gift wrap), will receive a “Buy One, Get One Free” daytime tour admission coupon. Donations of toys and books that support children’s imaginations, literacy skills, self-esteem, and creativity at any age are recommended.

People may drop off donations during daytime tour hours, Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., even if they are not planning to take a tour. Items can also be purchased online and shipped directly to the penitentiary:

ATTN: Toy Drive
Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Thank you in advance for helping us spread holiday cheer this season!

2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner