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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Obscura Day 2016: Exploring the Eerie Eastern State Penitentiary

Spend Obscura Day behind bars at one of America's most notorious prisons.

For nearly two hundred years, the Eastern State Penitentiary has hosted history’s most infamous criminals,  dozens of paranormal investigations, movie shoots, and one of the creepiest haunted houses in the world. And now, Eastern State will play host to the Obscura Society Philly.

Built in 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary was unique in its attempt to reform criminals, rather than punish, serving as a model that inspired over 300 penitentiaries worldwide. By the time it was shut down in 1971 it left behind a checkered legacy, with claims that the institution produced more madness than reformed citizens.

On Obscura Day, our intrepid society will congregate at the main entrance for an exclusive access experience of this creepy, haunting Gothic Revival gem. We will be granted a tour of areas of Eastern State ordinarily off limits to the public, including rare artifacts from the Eastern State private archives room.

Meet at the main entrance of the Eastern State Penitentiary promptly at 10 am.

Ample street parking is available.

Heating at Eastern State Penitentiary can be variable, please dress for the weather.

If you have any questions, please contact ryan@atlasobscura.com 

All tickets sales are final.

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