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Eastern State Penitentiary

(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

Inside the halls of Eastern State Penitentiary. (Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

America’s Most Haunted Places

This list includes five of the most haunted places in America, all with significant claims of real poltergeists.

09/24/2013

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‘Terror Behind The Walls’ Returns With Scary New Twist

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitientary opened the 2013 season Friday night with more screams than ever before.

09/21/2013

(Children help break ground at a new garden behind Eastern State Penitentiary, in Fairmount.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Community Garden To Grow Near Former Prison in Fairmount

Students from the nearby Bache-Martin Elementary School helped break ground at Eastern State Penitentiary.

09/10/2013

(Brett Bertolino, director of operations at Eastern State Penitentiary.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Historic Prison Site in Fairmount Now Available For Weddings

“It’s seems a little bit strange, but people really like this building,” says Brett Bertolino, director of operations at Eastern State Penitentiary.

09/06/2013

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

Halloween Is (Already) In The Air At Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary is getting ready for its biggest fundraiser of the year, “Terror Behind the Walls.”

09/04/2013

(An image from "All The Sex I've Ever Had."  Photo provided)

Philadelphia’s Fringe Festival Expands To 18 Days of Events

With more than 150 performances, this year’s festival promises to take you there and back.

09/03/2013

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