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2013-02-27 12:24:55

Historic site launches new season with a rare look at prison artifacts, inmate dining, escape attempts, and contemporary corrections PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site kicks off its 2013 tour season on March 15 with new events, tours, and exhibits that give visitors a better look at the inmate experience at this long-abandoned prison. Pop-Up Museum! puts rarely-seen prison artifacts on display for the first time; new Hands-On History...

2012-11-14 12:25:45

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern State Penitentiary commemorates the final month of Judith Schaechter's critically-acclaimed stained glass window installation with special nighttime flashlight tours of the work before it will be removed on December 3, 2012. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121114/PH13320) A one-hour flashlight tour led by an expert Eastern State tour guide will take visitors to Cellblocks 8, 11, and 14 to see all 17 windows that comprise...

2012-10-09 15:24:07

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern State Penitentiary announces a major expansion to Terror Behind the Walls for 2012, the all-new Detritus. This new attraction, expanding the event into areas of the penitentiary never entered by the public, takes visitors through an original 1800s cellblock, past the historic prison greenhouse, and into an outdoor labyrinth of overgrown plants and twisting vines. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120913/MM73961-a ) Also new for...

2012-09-13 06:27:54

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern State Penitentiary announces a major expansion to Terror Behind the Walls for 2012, the all-new Detritus. This new attraction, expanding the event into areas of the penitentiary never entered by the public, takes visitors through an original 1800s cellblock, past the historic prison greenhouse, and into an outdoor labyrinth of overgrown plants and twisting vines. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click...

2012-06-20 06:23:08

PHILADELPHIA, June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA is teaming up with The Bearded Ladies, an experimental cabaret troupe, to present the entire French Revolution in a two-hour spectacle of song, dance, and beheading for the penitentiary's annual Bastille Day festival, to be held Saturday, July 14. This "completely historically accurate" reenactment of the storming of Bastille will be emceed by the voice of Paris herself, Edith Piaf, and will include...

2012-05-24 06:26:24

PHILADELPHIA, May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern State Penitentiary will host a Prison Break Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last entry 4:00 p.m.). The event, designed to commemorate some of the most infamous prison breaks in American history, will feature interactive and family-friendly activities all weekend long. Visitors can try their hand at Bocce Ball, a means of escape for inmates in the 20th century, or decide which inmate is truly...

2012-03-15 17:35:00

PHILADELPHIA, March 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site kicks off its 2012 season by opening two dramatic new spaces, presenting four new artist installations, and launching a Searchlight Series to discuss current correctional issues. An overview of 2012 programming follows: To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click...

2011-09-22 11:50:00

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Terror Behind the Walls, America's largest haunted house, celebrates 20 years with two brand new, state-of-the-art attractions, a special Encore Night, and the return of the Eastern State After Dark VIP Tour. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click...

2011-03-24 11:22:00

PHILADELPHIA, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern State Penitentiary will kick off the 2011 season by literally handing visitors the keys to the cellblocks with new Hands-On History interactive experiences. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110324/PH71140 ) These short demonstrations take place throughout the penitentiary complex, each lasting five minutes or less. An expert Eastern State tour guide will lead each activity, although visitors will do the bulk of the physical...

2011-03-14 11:41:00

PHILADELPHIA, March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Penitent Prisoner, an inmate-painted mural adorning the walls of Eastern State Penitentiary's Catholic Chaplain's Office, will be removed from the abandoned prison museum on Wednesday, March 16. Mural conservator Cassie Myers will take the painting to the Milner + Carr conservation studio in Philadelphia, where it will be restored before its April 2012 reinstallment. This mural is the iconic image painted by inmate Lester Smith in 1955 as...