Pop-Up Museum: Walls Make Good Neighbors

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 it impossible to exhibit the artifacts year-round.

For 10 days only, Eastern State Penitentiary presents its sixth annual Pop-Up Museum! The 2018 theme is “Walls Make Good Neighbors,” celebrating the one-century birthday of the Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Objects on view will focus on connections between this ancient prison and the vibrant neighborhood that eventually came to surround it.

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

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Pop-Up Museum: Walls Make Good Neighbors
  • 2027 Fairmount Ave
  • Philadelphia, PA 19130
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  • Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
  • Standard admission
  • Recurring daily