Eastern State Penitentiary

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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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Just In Time For Father’s Day, Philadelphia Landmark Brings Back ‘Prison Food Weekend’

Most cravings call for French fries or ice cream; not a nutritionally-dense “food product” served in American prisons.

06/12/2014

(Eastern State Penitentiary officials and former prisoners help inaugurate the former prison's new exhibit, "The Big Graph."  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Historic Philadelphia Prison Opens Thought-Provoking Exhibit

If you think of Eastern State Penitentiary as just a tourist attraction, you might have to think again.

06/04/2014

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Exhibit At Eastern State Penitentiary Sparks Conversation About US Incarcerations

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site has a new permanent exhibit to spark conversation about incarceration.

05/10/2014

Prison Warden Herbert Smith (R) with an inmate from 1939. (credit: Eastern State Penitentiary)

New Exhibit At Eastern State Penitentiary Displays Historic Treasures Public Rarely Sees

“Sin and Salvation” — that’s the name of an eleven day pop-up museum that opened Saturday inside the walls of Eastern State Penitentiary in Fairmount.

04/12/2014

Actor Dax richardson reads King's letter from Birmingham at Eastern State Penitentiary. (Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Special Program This Weekend Highlights MLK Letter From Jail

Eastern State Penitentiary is hosting a program this weekend, taking a look a Dr. Martin Luther King’s letter from Birmingham.

01/18/2014

(An undated Christmas photo of prisoners and staffers at Eastern State Penitentiary.  Used with permission)

Recalling Active Days, Eastern State Pen Holds Toy Drive For Kids of Parents In Prison

Mentoring tour guide Ben Bookman says even when the prison, at 21st Street and Fairmount, was a working penitentiary, Christmas was a special time — even for the prisoners.

12/23/2013

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Eastern State Penitentiary: Terror Behind The Walls

For more information on Eastern State Penitentiary: Terror Behind The Walls, go to: http://www.easternstate.org/halloween

10/25/2013

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