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Pop Up Museum & Guided Tour

  • Eastern State Penitentiary

    2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA (map)

    39.968330 -75.172699


    RSVPs will open once tickets for the event are available for the date and time.  TIME of meeting is subject to change, so please do not clear your schedule until this is finalized.


    The archives of Eastern State Penitentiary are packed with historic treasures that the public rarely sees. Thousands of photographs, stacks of inmate-written magazines, and even shanks (homemade weapons) are numbered and tucked carefully into museum-grade storage in the site’s administrative offices.

    Historic site visitors often see photographs of these treasures, but the building’s lack of museum-quality climate control makes exhibiting the objects impossible. Until now.

    For ten days only, Eastern State Penitentiary presents its first annual Pop-Up Museum! Temporary exhibit cases in the historic site’s conference room will house historic photographs of inmates' and officers’ daily lives, a 1903 mugshot book, inmate-carved models, and homemade weapons, all dating back to Eastern State’s 142 years as an active, maximum-security prison.

    The theme for Pop-Up Museum! 2013 will be “Inmate Life and Death.”

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