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Jul 07, 2015, 08:35 ET
Eastern State Penitentiary's Bastille Day celebration in Philadelphia features free theatrical performance by The Bearded Ladies as thousands of Tastykakes fly from the prison's towers. Photo: Daryl Moran

Eastern State Penitentiary's Bastille Day Celebration in Philadelphia Features Free Theatrical Performance as Thousands of Tastykakes Fly From the Prison's Towers

 Eastern State Penitentiary is teaming up with The Bearded Ladies, an experimental cabaret troupe, to present the French Revolution in a...

May 27, 2015, 10:05 ET
Sample prison fare prepared by former inmates and officers at Prison Food Weekend at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. Photo: Jeff Fusco

Eastern State Penitentiary Hosts Prison Food Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7

 Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site brings back its popular Prison Food Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7. On these days...

Apr 23, 2015, 16:30 ET
Former inmates and officers return to the abandoned cellblocks of Eastern State Penitentiary to share their memories with the public on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Eastern State Penitentiary Hosts Alumni Reunion Saturday, May 9

 Eastern State Penitentiary will host its annual Alumni Reunion on Saturday, May 9 with hour-long Q&A sessions at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m....

Mar 18, 2015, 11:12 ET
Eastern State Penitentiary's 2015 Pop-Up Museum gives visitors a glimpse of rare prison artifacts, April 2 - 12 in Philadelphia, PA.

Eastern State Penitentiary's 2015 Pop-Up Museum Gives Visitors a Glimpse of Rare Prison Artifacts

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site kicks off its 2015 tour season by giving visitors a glimpse into the inmate experience at this...

Jan 15, 2015, 10:25 ET
Eastern State Penitentiary commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with special readings of "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Photo: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s mugshot from his arrest during the Montgomery bus boycott. Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, Alabama, 1956. (PRNewsFoto/Eastern State Penitentiary)

Eastern State Penitentiary Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Readings of "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

Saturday, January 17 through Monday, January 19, 2015, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his...

Dec 16, 2014, 08:50 ET
Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with readings of "Letter from Birmingham Jail" on January 17, 18, and 19.

Eastern State Penitentiary Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Readings of "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

Saturday, January 17 through Monday, January 19, 2015, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his...

Dec 01, 2014, 13:37 ET
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site in Philadelphia Kicks Off Holiday Season with Toy Drive Benefiting Children with Incarcerated Parents

Eastern State Penitentiary Kicks Off Holiday Season with Toy Drive Benefiting Children with Incarcerated Parents

Eastern State Penitentiary celebrates this holiday season with a toy drive benefiting local kids whose parents are in prison, December 1 through...

Sep 18, 2014, 10:15 ET
Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, a massive haunted house in the cellblocks of a real abandoned prison, opens with new scares! (PRNewsFoto/Eastern State Penitentiary)

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary Announces 2014 Season with Brand-New Attraction and Truly Interactive Haunted Experience

Terror Behind the Walls, America's largest haunted house, is located inside the massive, castle-like walls of Eastern State Penitentiary in...

Jul 30, 2014, 10:50 ET
Family Weekend: Pets in Prison at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. Visitors can discover unique stories about animals throughout Eastern State's history and how animals continue to play a role in prisons today. Photo: New Leash on Life USA, Jack McMahon III. (PRNewsFoto/Eastern State Penitentiary)

Eastern State Penitentiary Hosts "Family Weekend: Pets in Prison" on Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10

 Eastern State Penitentiary will host "Family Weekend: Pets in Prison" on Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10 and again on September 27 and...

Jul 07, 2014, 11:41 ET
One of Philadelphia's most popular summertime events! Eastern State Penitentiary presents the French Revolution in a spectacle of song, dance, and beheading, as 2,000 Tastykakes fly from the prison's towers. Photo: Brett Bertolino (PRNewsFoto/Eastern State Penitentiary)

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site's Bastille Day Celebration Features Free Theatrical Performance as Thousands of Tastykakes Fly from the Prison's Towers

 Eastern State Penitentiary is teaming up with The Bearded Ladies, an experimental cabaret troupe, to present the French Revolution in a...

Jun 02, 2014, 09:05 ET
Eastern State Penitentiary launches new exhibits and events tying contemporary prison issues to America's past.  New for 2014 is The Big Graph, a massive infographic sculpture illustrating incarceration rates over 120 years, the changing racial makeup of the American prison population, and other striking trends in recent U.S. corrections policies.  Photo: Rob Hashem (PRNewsFoto/Eastern State Penitentiary)

Eastern State Penitentiary Launches New Exhibits and Events Tying Contemporary Prison Issues to America's Past

 Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site ties the present to its past, introducing public dialogue around issues of crime, justice, and the...

Apr 01, 2014, 10:15 ET
Eastern State Penitentiary's Pop-Up Museum: Sin and Salvation will feature rare artifacts from the prison's history, including this mug shot book from 1904-1906. Photo credit: Erica Harman. Collection of Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, gift of the Scheerer Family. (PRNewsFoto/Eastern State Penitentiary)

Eastern State Penitentiary's 2014 "Pop-Up Museum" Gives Visitors a Glimpse of Rare Prison Artifacts

 Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site kicks off its 2014 tour season by giving visitors a glimpse into the inmate experience at this...

Jan 02, 2014, 10:05 ET
Philadelphia PA - Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site 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 Willie Sutton and Al Capone. Tours today include the cellblocks, solitary punishment cells, Al Capone's Cell, and Death Row.  (PRNewsFoto/Eastern State Penitentiary)

Eastern State Penitentiary Launches 2014 Searchlight Series

 Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site partners with nationally recognized penologists and educators to present an ongoing discussion...

Dec 04, 2013, 10:05 ET
Eastern State Penitentiary's Winter Adventure Tours run December through March and allow visitors to explore the cellblocks, center surveillance hub, Al Capone's Cell, and more. Photo: Ellen Feist.  (PRNewsFoto/Eastern State Penitentiary)

Eastern State Penitentiary Kicks Off 2013 - 2014 Winter Adventure Tour Season with Toy Drive for Children with Incarcerated Parents

 Eastern State Penitentiary will celebrate its 2013 - 2014 Winter Adventure Tour season with a special event this December – a toy drive...

Sep 18, 2013, 10:05 ET
Located inside the massive castle-like walls of Eastern State Penitentiary, a real abandoned prison in Philadelphia, PA, Terror Behind the Walls is consistently ranked among the top haunted attractions in the country. In 2013, Terror Behind the Walls runs on select evenings from September 20 through November 9. Visit easternstate.org for more information. Photo: Andrew Garn.  (PRNewsFoto/Eastern State Penitentiary)

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary, America's Largest Haunted House, Announces Darker, More Sinister 2013 Season

 Terror Behind the Walls, America's largest haunted house, is located inside the massive castle-like walls of Eastern State Penitentiary in...

Jul 08, 2013, 10:15 ET
One of Philadelphia's most popular summertime events! Eastern State Penitentiary and The Bearded Ladies, an experimental cabaret troupe, team up to present the entire French Revolution in a spectacle of song, dance, and beheading on Saturday, July 13 at 5:30 p.m. Dozens of French revolutionaries will capture Marie Antoinette, played by Terry McNally, and ignoring her cries of "Let them eat Tastykake!" will drag her to a real, functioning guillotine as 3,000 Tastykakes are flung from the prison's towers. Photo: Darryl Moran

Bastille Day Celebration at Eastern State Penitentiary Features Spectacle of Song, Dance, and Beheading as 3,000 Tastykakes Fly from the Prison's Towers

 Eastern State Penitentiary is teaming up with The Bearded Ladies, an experimental cabaret troupe, to present a free theatrical performance of...

Jun 13, 2013, 12:09 ET
Family Weekend: Pets in Prison at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. Visitors can discover unique stories about animals throughout Eastern State's history and how animals continue to play a role in prisons today.  Photo: New Leash on Life USA, Jack McMahon III.  (PRNewsFoto/Eastern State Penitentiary)

Eastern State Penitentiary Hosts "Family Weekend: Pets in Prison" on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23

 Eastern State Penitentiary will host "Family Weekend: Pets in Prison" on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23 and again on August 17 and 18,...

Jun 05, 2013, 10:30 ET
Visitors to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia can sample meals served to inmates throughout prison history during Prison Food Weekend June 8 and 9. Photo: Sean Kelley.  (PRNewsFoto/Eastern State Penitentiary)

Eastern State Penitentiary Hosts "Prison Food Weekend," Gives Visitors a Taste of Prison Life

Eastern State Penitentiary will host "Prison Food Weekend" on Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9. The event will give insight to what prisoners ate...

Feb 27, 2013, 10:15 ET

Eastern State Penitentiary's 2013 Season Gives Visitors a Glimpse of "Life in Prison"

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site kicks off its 2013 tour season on March 15 with new events, tours, and exhibits that give visitors a...

Jan 15, 2013, 13:17 ET
Eastern State Penitentiary celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, and the 50th anniversary of his 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail, with special readings offered several times throughout the weekend. Photo: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s mug shot from his arrest during the Montgomery bus boycott.  Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, Alabama, 1956.  (PRNewsFoto/Eastern State Penitentiary)

Eastern State Penitentiary Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Readings of "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

 Eastern State Penitentiary honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with special readings of King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" throughout the...