Eastern State Penitentiary Presents Pop-Up Museum: Sports & Leisure

This fascinating exhibit includes photos, artifacts and video, but it's only on display for 11 days.

On the corner of 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue stands Eastern State Penitentiary, a hulking stone fortress that once housed some of the country’s most notorious criminals. The historic site has since opened as a museum and welcomed swarms of visitors, but what was life like for the men housed behind these imposing walls so many years ago?

From Thursday, March 3 through Sunday, March 13, Eastern State presents its fourth annual special exhibition about the lives of its prisoners. With Pop-Up Museum: Sports & Leisure, curators focus on an often-overlooked aspect of the inmate experience.

The exhibit includes rarely seen recreation-related prison artifacts, including photographs, inmate-made crafts, paintings and confiscated homemade weapons. As part of the exhibit, a 1929 film about sports at Eastern State will be shown at the historic site for the first time ever.

Pop-Up Museum: Sports & Leisure is included with regular admission ($14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for students and kids 7-12). Because Eastern State lacks museum-quality climate control, this fascinating exhibit will only be on display for 11 days. Buy your ticket today.

Pop-Up Museum: Sports & Leisure

When:Thursday, March 3-Sunday, March 13
Where:Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia
Cost:Included with regular admission ($14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for students and kids 7-12)




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