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    2124 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia PA 19130

    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. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world's first true penitentiary: a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including bank robber ''Slick Willie'' Sutton and Al Capone. Tours today include the cellblocks, solitary punishment cells, Al Capone's Cell, and Death Row. A critically-acclaimed series of artists' installations is free with admission. Just five blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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    Daytime Historic Site Tours
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    Terror Behind the Walls
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    September 16th, 2016 - November 5th, 2016
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    The Searchlight Series: Last Day of Freedom
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    October 4th, 2016
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    Hands-On History
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    MUSEUMS
    Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration
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    May 6th, 2016 - December 31st, 2018
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    The Searchlight Series: The Truth About Solitary Confinement
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    November 1st, 2016
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