Sing Sing Prison
Sing Sing was founded in 1825. It’s long history and symbolism as a forward thinking prison is documented in the proposed Sing Sing Museum, which will educate visitors on both the history of the prison as well as Mass Incarceration in the US.
Sing Sing Prison Museum
Sing Sing Prison Museum will open to the public and serve as the first museum with a working prison. Its contents will provide a historic overview and timeline of the Prison, as well as a detailed account of its pivotal role in the local community. As a prison, Sing Sing is instrumental in striving to redefine mass incarceration in the United States, focusing on ways to combat and challenge traditional thinking towards prison reform. These ideas are crucial in understanding today’s controversial criminal justice system and mass incarceration.
Designing Visitors Center
The visitors center acts as a threshold for visitors. Prior to entering the museum, they will be invited to create a personal connection to the prison system in the US. This is done through a contemplative and sensorial journey that connects one to the surrounding area and Sing Sing’s unique history. The unique voices and perspectives of all who are involved in the criminal justice system are allowed to be heard through storytelling and narrative through objects, text and digital technology, immersing visitors in the ideas presented. These concepts encourage visitors to ponder the role of mass incarceration in the US today, which many are unfamiliar with.
“In prison, everyone is serving a sentence.”
- Vera Institute of Justice, Re-imagining Prisons