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Pop Up Museum: Sports and Leisure

January 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


*Student tickets available for $10 – don’t forget your ID!*

The archives of Eastern State Penitentiary are packed with historic treasures that the public rarely sees. Thousands of photographs, stacks of prisoner-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 it impossible to exhibit the artifacts year-round.

For 16 days only, Eastern State Penitentiary presents Pop-Up Museum, with this year’s theme of sports and leisure. Objects on view include sports paraphernalia, including a photograph of former Philadelphia baseball manager Connie Mack with Warden Cornelius Burke, as well as objects depicting recreational activities – prisoner-made crafts, paintings, confiscated shanks and other weapons.

Pop-Up Museum is included with admission. Tickets are available online or at the door, subject to availability.


January 5, 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130 United States
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