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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 serve as the perfect backdrop for your special event.

Night Tours: Winter Holidays
Explore Eastern State's cellblocks at dusk, and learn more about winter holiday celebrations throughout the penitentiary's history and in prisons today. Admission includes everything we offer by day and more! Discounted rates available every evening for groups of 15+. Learn more and plan your group's visit. November 26 to December 30, 2021 | Select Evenings

2022 Event Rentals:

Eastern State Penitentiary is available for private event rentals from April - August during hours when the museum is closed to the public. We will begin to accept inquiries for 2022 event rentals in late January 2022 for events 6 months or more in advance. Below are some sample offerings.

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 will provide the chairs, beverages, and individual bags of popcorn.

Summer Nights Happy Hour 
Eastern State Penitentiary’s baseball diamond is one of Philadelphia’s hidden gems. Complete with views of the city skyline, the baseball diamond is the perfect space for the group that wants to enjoy an outdoor reception. With an installed tent, market lights, picnic tables, and the caterer of your choice, your event will score you a home run.

Wedding Ceremonies
Weddings at Eastern State Penitentiary are always a beautiful affair. While we do not host wedding receptions, we would love to host you and your loved ones for a beautiful ceremony in the central rotunda for up to 100 guests.

Private Parties and Events
With its historic cellblocks with vaulted ceilings and rarely seen industrial spaces like workshops and mess halls, Eastern State Penitentiary is sure to provide a truly one-of-a-kind backdrop for your gathering. Pick a select area, or rent the entire site for a completely customized event.

Corporate Meeting or Conferences
Connect with colleagues and think outside the box by having your next your business meeting, conference, seminar, or work retreat at America’s Most Historic Prison.

Book Your 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].

Photo courtesy of Breanne Furlong Photography.

Event rentals are for private, pre-existing groups only. Tickets cannot be sold to the general public and events cannot be advertised online. Eastern State will not advertise nor publicly endorse any private event rentals. If it is determined tickets are being sold for an existing site rental, it will be immediately canceled without a refund.

Eastern State does not rent the site for ticketed events, graduations, proms, wedding receptions, dance parties, concerts, paranormal investigations or any event in conflict with the mission of Eastern State Penitentiary.

Respect for the people who lived and worked at the penitentiary must be exercised at all times. Costumes and décor, including but not limited to prison uniforms, handcuffs, straitjackets, etc. are prohibited.

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