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Artifacts After Dark

October 1, 2020 – October 29, 2020

Artifacts After Dark

7:00 pm, every Thursday in October.
Free. Live-streamed on Facebook.

Locked safely away in Eastern State Penitentiary’s climate-controlled darkroom, hundreds of artifacts rest in neatly organized drawers. Thousands of photographs fill museum storage boxes. Rare books line the shelves. Each object is an irreplaceable historic treasure that tells part of Eastern State’s complex story.

Every Thursday evening in October at 7:00 pm, Erica Harman, manager of archives and records, will bring a different selection of Eastern State artifacts out of the darkroom and into the night. What can these objects tell us about life at the penitentiary? What do they help reveal about what it’s like to be incarcerated today?

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event will be live-streamed on Facebook. But six Eastern State members at the Contributor, Ambassador, or Visionary level are invited to join us on site each week to view and handle the objects in person, ask Erica questions, and then stay to experience the rest of Night Tours -- all for free! Interested? Learn more. Not a Member? Join today!

Weekly Themes:

  • October 1 - Week 1: Sports and Games
  • October 8 - Week 2: Connection, Inside/Out
  • October 15 - Week 3: Art and Music
  • October 22 - Week 4: Power and Control
  • October 29 - Week 5: Tools of the Trade

2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner