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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. We are currently accepting inquiries 6 months in advance.

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.
April to August 2021 | Sunday - Wednesday evenings

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.
April to August 2021 | Sunday - Wednesday evenings | Monday and Tuesday daytime

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.
April to August 2021 | Sunday - Wednesday evenings | Monday and Tuesday daytime

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.
April to August 2021 | Sunday - Wednesday evenings | Monday and Tuesday daytime

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.
April to August 2021 | Monday and Tuesday daytime

Night Tours: Summer Twilight
Exclusive locations inside the 11-acre penitentiary complex are available for your private event in conjunction with a historic Night Tour. Your rental includes a set portion of self-serve beverages and a selection of Philadelphia favorite treats.
May 7 to September 4, 2021 | Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings

Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary
Exclusive locations inside the 11-acre penitentiary complex are available for your private event in conjunction with Eastern State’s annual Halloween event. Your rental includes a set portion of self-serve beverages and a selection of Philadelphia favorite treats.
September 24 to November 13, 2021 | Select Nights

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, 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