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    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

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    2027 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
    QUICK VIEW
    MUSEUMS
    Holiday Toy Drive: BOGO Admission
    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic...
    November 30th, 2018 - December 21st, 2018
    QUICK VIEW
    LECTURES & LITERATURE
    The Searchlight Series: The Impact of Incarceration on Pregnant and Parenting Women
    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic...
    December 4th, 2018
    QUICK VIEW
    MUSEUMS
    Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration
    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic...
    May 6th, 2016 - December 31st, 2018
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