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Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious lawbreakers, including "Slick Willie" Sutton and "Scarface" Al Capone.

Today, Eastern State Penitentiary serves as the perfect backdrop for your special event. From corporate gatherings, wedding ceremonies, cocktail parties, and more, Eastern State is a truly unique, world-class setting that’s sure to impress your guests. We invite you to experience everything Eastern State has to offer from moving artist installations, award-winning exhibits, and of course views of the stunning architecture of this stabilized ruin. Eastern State’s event spaces ensure you and your guests will have a uniquely Philadelphia experience.

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Photo courtesy of Breanne Furlong Photography.

Event rentals are for private, pre-existing groups only. Tickets cannot be sold to the general public. Eastern State will not advertise nor publicly endorse any private event rentals.

Although we typically plan event rentals to take place inside roofed buildings, Eastern State stands as a stabilized ruin without climate control. Events operate rain or shine, and we encourage guests to dress for the weather!

2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner