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Artist Installations

There are 12 returning artist installations on view in 2020. The projects were chosen for their ability to address Eastern State’s primary themes—including perspectives on the contemporary American criminal justice system and the penitentiary’s fascinating past—with a memorable, thought-provoking approach. 

During our initial phase of reopening, visitors must follow a one-way path through the penitentiary. This route features most of these installations. Visit the On View section for more information about installations that are temporarily unavailable. 

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site has commissioned site-specific artist installations since 1995. To date, more than 100 artists have created work for the penitentiary.

Artist installations are included with standard admission.


2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner