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Pop-Up Museum: The Lives of the Officers

August 10, 2022, 10:00 am – August 14, 2022, 10:00 pm

Pop-Up Museum: The Lives of the Officers

Included with standard admission.
On view during daytime tour hours & 
Night Tours: Summer Twilight.

For a limited time only, Eastern State presents Pop-Up Museum: The Lives of the Officers. Get a closer look at a selection of artifacts — including badges, uniforms, firearms, and historic locks and keys — and learn more about the daily lives of officers and other staff who worked at Eastern State Penitentiary.

Eastern State's archives are packed with historic treasures that the public rarely sees. Thousands of artifacts are numbered and tucked carefully into museum-grade storage in the site’s administrative offices. 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. Pop-Up Museum provides the unique opportunity to view a selection of these artifacts in person.

This exhibit made possible through the generous support of Doug Desmond.

2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner