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 fifth annual Pop-Up Museum! On display for 2017 will be news paraphernalia, including historic photos, articles, films, and objects (inmate-made crafts, paintings, confiscated shanks and other weapons) that depict various newsworthy activities inside the walls.
Pop-Up Museum is included with admission. Tickets are available online or at the door, subject to availability.