Pop-Up Museum: Sports and Leisure

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.

Pop-Up Museum: Sports and Leisure
  • 2027 Fairmount Ave
  • Philadelphia, PA 19130
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  • Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
  • Standard Admission - $10-$14, online
  • Recurring daily