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Pop-Up Museum: Prison Breaking News

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Eastern State Penitentiary

2027 Fairmount Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19130

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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.

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2027 Fairmount Avenue

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