Free Museum Night at Eastern State Penitentiary

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, 2027 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
United States

Explore America’s most historic prison at dusk!

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 prisoners. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including “Slick Willie” Sutton and “Scarface” Al Capone.

Free Museum Night admission includes “The Voices of Eastern State” Audio Tour, narrated by actor Steve Buscemi; Hands-On History interactive experiences; history exhibits; and a critically acclaimed series of artist installations. No reservations required. Not recommended for children under the age of seven.

After your tour, relax on the penitentiary’s baseball diamond and take in unique views of the city skyline while enjoying a bite to eat from Sum Pig Food Truck and local beers and wines from Urban Saloon.

Event Type: 
Arts & Culture