Mask Up in Philadelphia

November 22, 2021

In the interest of public health and in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, wearing a mask or face covering is still required in some indoor spaces including schools, healthcare institutions, congregate settings, and on public transportation.

Local businesses offering custom masks

In response to these requirements, local attractions, museums, artists, and small businesses have begun offering their own custom face coverings, allowing you to mask up in style and with a little Philadelphia flair added in.

The City of Philadelphia is selling masks branded with language from their #MaskUpPHL campaign, with proceeds benefiting the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium. Shop now.

The Barnes Foundation offers masks inspired by artwork found throughout the renowned collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Early Modernist paintings, including pieces by Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Rousseau. Shop now.

Equally artistic masks are available at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s gift shop (in-person or online), featuring designs inspired from the collection made by local artisan Ana Thorne (who has even more Philadelphia-themed masks in her store). Shop now.

America’s most historic prison, Eastern State Penitentiary, sells masks that highlight the building’s massive complex and influential “hub-and-spoke” architectural design. Shop now.

One of Philadelphia’s original craft breweries, Yards Brewing Company, is offering creative masks via its taproom gift shop or online shop that draw inspiration from the designs of their cans and bottles. Shop now.

Another local brewery, Love City Brewing, has branded bandanas available online and at their Spring Arts brewery that make for great face coverings. Shop now.

Philadelphia’s oldest continuously operating pub, McGillin’s Old Ale House, has masks available that feature a minimalistic design with the bar’s distinctive branding. Shop now.

Found along North 3rd Street in Old City, Philadelphia Independents is known for its fabulous collection of unique, locally made, Philadelphia-themed items, now including a variety of masks made by local artisans. Shop now.

Photo courtesy of Russ Brown Photography.

Inside the historic Reading Terminal Market, local photographer Russ Brown is selling custom masks featuring photos of different Philadelphia landmarks, including the market’s iconic neon sign. You can find the Russ Brown Photography stand inside the 12th and Filbert entrance, near the Famous 4th Street Cookie Company.

Another local store selling a variety of masks from local makers includes home and gift shop Open House, which is along the restaurant-lined 13th Street in Midtown Village. Shop now.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) sells a series of eye-catching masks made using exclusive designs by former Artists-in-Residence and screen printed in the FWM’s studio. Shop online now.

Other local businesses, restaurants, and attractions offering custom masks include Center City Italian café, restaurant, and market Gran Caffe L’Aquila, the Museum of the Revolution in Old City, Mütter Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Independence Visitor Center.

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