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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.

    Events at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
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    MUSEUMS
    Hidden Histories: Families
    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic...
    August 12th, 2020
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    Hidden Lives Illuminated: Justice
    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic...
    August 13th, 2020
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    MUSEUMS
    Eastern State Penitentiary: Reopening August 14!
    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic...
    August 14th, 2020 - December 27th, 2020
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    Prisons and the Pandemic
    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic...
    August 4th, 2020 - August 28th, 2020
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Youth Sentencing, Reentry, and Partnership in the COVID Era
    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic...
    September 1st, 2020
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