Eastern State Penitentiary

(A mural by artist Jesse Krimes, recreating one he painted on prison bedsheets, is installed in a cell at Eastern State Penitentiary.  Photo by John McDevitt)

New Artworks Accompany Seasonal Opening of Eastern State Penitentiary

The historic Eastern State Penitentiary, in Fairmount, launches its 2015 season with new art installations and a free open house on Friday evening.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/30/2015

The cell where the famous escape originated. (Credit: John McDevitt)

Famous Philadelphia Prison Escape Spotlighted At Eastern State

Friday marks the 70th anniversary of the famous escape.

04/02/2015

(Zip guns, shanks, and shivs are among the confiscated items on display at Eastern State's "popup" museum.  Photo by John McDevitt)

New Exhibit Recalls the Dangers of Historic Eastern State Prison, in Fairmount

The temporary exhibit, called “Escape!,” features rarely seen artifacts such as confiscated “shanks” (homemade knives), handcuffs, and books of mug shots.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/01/2015

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Top Historic Landmarks In Philadelphia

If you wish to take in a day of culture and history, there are plenty of places to choose from whether your interests are in architecture, art or history.

02/09/2015

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Eastern State Penitentiary Recognizes MLK Day With Reading Of King’s Famous Letter

Now through Monday, Eastern State Penitentiary is hosting a program called “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

01/17/2015

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Top Museum Gift Shops In Philadelphia

Stop at one of the many gift shops in our suggested Philadelphia museums and pick up a memento to bring home.

12/29/2014

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Eastern State Penitentiary Hosts Toy Drive Benefiting Children With Incarcerated Parents

If you bring a new unwrapped toy or book for the kids to Eastern State Penitentiary, the historic site will grant a second tour admission free of charge. The toy drive is a partnership between Eastern State and Philadelphia FIGHT’s Institute for Community Justice.

12/02/2014

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Top Things To Do In Philadelphia Today, Nov. 4

Looking for something to do today? Here are our top three picks…there’s something for everyone in the Philadelphia area!

11/04/2014

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Home Of Notorious Gangster And Former Eastern State Penitentiary Inmate For Sale In Chicago

Capone was an inmate in Philadelphia’ Eastern State Penitentiary for eight months during 1929-1930 – his first stint in prison.

10/27/2014

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A Terror-fying Sweepstakes

I bet if we told you to think of something that’s both terrifying and vintage, creepy dolls and your parents’ prom pictures would be the first two things to pop into mind. But, what if we told you about something older and even more terrifying than those vintage pictures? Just imagine one of the first penitentiaries in the country, where prisoners were held in solitary confinement for their entire stay, getting turned into a haunted house for Halloween (told ya there was something scarier than seeing your mom with a mullet).

10/16/2014

Carson the gargoyle is installed at Eastern State Penitentiary, signaling Terror Behind The Walls will soon open its gates. (credit: John McDevitt)

Pennsylvania Grant To Help Preserve Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary, which opened nearly 200 years ago, is in line for a $500,000 state grant to help with its preservation.

10/11/2014

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Five Reasons To Visit Philadelphia In The Fall

Fall is the perfect time to plan a visit to the City of Brotherly Love. From Center City to Valley Forge, visitors to Philadelphia will soak up history as they take in the colors and sights of the season.

09/20/2014

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New Addition To Terror Behind The Walls At Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary in Fairmount opens the gates to “Terror Behind The Walls” Friday night for the 24th year.

09/18/2014

(One of two decorative gargoyles, accompanied by a "zombie" guard and prisoner, is about to be raised above the entrance to Eastern State Penitentiary.  Photo by John McDevitt)

With Installation of Gargoyles, Philly’s Historic Prison Dresses For Halloween

The haunted attraction known as “Terror Behind the Walls” opens September 19th.

09/09/2014

'Supper' chef/owner Mitch Prensky. (credit: Steve Tawa)

Top Things To Do In Philadelphia Today, Sept. 2

Looking for something to do today? Here are our top three picks…there’s something for everyone in the Philadelphia area!

09/02/2014

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