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With its vaulted ceilings and crumbling cellblocks, Eastern State Penitentiary, a National Historic Landmark, creates a one-of-a-kind backdrop for your next small gathering. Our micro packages are safe, unique, and carefully customized for each event. While we may not be able to gather in large groups at this time, we can still celebrate in a big way. Book a small private event today or plan a larger event for June 2021 or beyond.

Micro Wedding Ceremonies
Whether it is just the two of you or a handful of family and friends, let Eastern State host your intimate ceremony.

  • Just Us - Micro Now. Macro Later. Just the two of you, an officiate, and a photographer will have the privacy of select locations inside Eastern State. Unite near the cell of famous gangster Al Capone, the center rotunda, Eastern State’s historic synagogue, or your favorite spot within the penitentiary. 4 attendees | 2 hours
  • Inner Circle - Gather your closest friends and family to help you celebrate. This option is for couples who want to share their special day with a select few guests. Your ceremony will take place in the heart of building, the center rotunda, with views of the cellblocks radiating outward. Limited to 10 total people, which includes the couple, officiant, and photographer. 10 attendees* | 3 hours
  • + Photos - Your rental includes a 60-minute photo shoot for your wedding party throughout the site following your nuptials. Couple must provide their own photographer.

Movie Screenings
Gather your group in the Cellblock 7 courtyard to watch your favorite movie projected on the interior of the penitentiary’s 30-foot-high perimeter walls. We’ll provide the chairs, beverages and individual bags of popcorn. Dress for the weather, and enjoy this unique outdoor cinema experience under the stars. 50 attendees* | 3 hours

Corporate Meeting or Conferences
Shifting your conference online? Gather up to 10 key members of your team and live stream your event directly from Eastern State. This option is also available for other board and business meetings, conferences, seminars and work retreats. Add on a live virtual tour with one of our expert educations for team building. 10 attendees* | 3.5 hours or 7 hours

Virtual Mitzvahs
Live stream your Bar or Bat Mitzvah service with family and friends virtually from Eastern State’s Alfred W. Fleisher Memorial Synagogue. This beautifully restored space has dark wooden benches surrounding the room, a reader’s table, an ornate plaster Star of David, and an eternal flame over the ark. Your simcha will be as unique as the first synagogue first built in an American prison. 10 attendees* | 3.5 hours

*capacity is dependent on current social distancing guidelines

Book Your Micro Event
Interested in hosting your event at Eastern State Penitentiary? Please complete and submit this online form. If you have questions or need support, contact us at [email protected]

Other Opportunities

  • Night Tours: Summer Twilight - Explore Eastern State's historic cellblocks as the sun sets then gather with friends in a private space. Night Tours: Summer Twilight runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from May 7 through September 4, 2021. Private event rentals available. Learn more here.
  • Private Photo or Film Shoots - Don’t miss this rare opportunity to have exclusive access to the 11-acre penitentiary complex during our typical public tour hours. For more information, click here.
  • Virtual Group Tours - Looking for a unique, guide-led experience for your group? Eastern State Penitentiary’s award-winning tour program is now available to virtual groups everywhere! Learn more here.

Photo courtesy of Breanne Furlong Photography.

The current capacity for special events varies and will be adjusted as social distancing requirements and restrictions change. While on site, all attendees must abide by the guidelines below and follow directions from our staff. If you are unable or unwilling to follow these guidelines, we ask that you wait until these restrictions have been lifted before renting the site for your event.

  • Everyone ages 2+ is required to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose, even if they've received a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Physical distancing is required. Please keep at least 6 feet (2 meters) between your group and ESPHS staff.
  • Hand sanitizer is available, and your group will be asked to sanitize their hands before entering the site.
  • If you are sick or have had contact with some someone with COVID-19 within the past 14 days, please let us know as possible so we can reschedule or cancel your site rental.
  • The signee will be the primary contact for this rental and will be held responsible for distributing and adhering to all rules and regulations of ESPHS during this rental. 

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!

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