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Second Bank of the United States

Chestnut Street, 4th and 5th Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Chestnut Street, 4th and 5th Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106
City Centre East
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Second bank of the United States was commissioned by James Madison and was established in response to the enormous debt the United States had due to the War of 1812. It is a gorgeous structure modeled after the Parthenon in Athens, with two huge...More

Thank jer b
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are two reasons to visit: one, if you are into portrait painting, and two, if you are willing to read all the descriptions of who the people, (not just the well known names we learn in school) are and how they contributed to colonial...More

Thank Tom F
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This free exhibit features many lovely oil paintings complete with information about the person. The interior of the building is lovely. Its a short walk from Independence hall and a good place to pop in for 30 minutes before or after a tour there.

Thank HG30
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was very surprised when walking in the building. It was full of orginal "period" portraits of promient patriots from the 1700's. This FREE "gallery" inspired me to tell others that they need to go in and see for themselves.

Thank William C
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

An extensive collection of portraits of founding fathers and other important men and women in a historic space. Entry is free and the docents are very eager to answer questions and provide more information. doesn't hurt to stop in.

Thank mjsheridan130
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Reviewed 3 July 2018

Housed the Second Bank of the United States. It is a lovely building with unique architecture. Housed in the less crowded area of the historic district. Come inside and enjoy the portraits of lots of important people. As the ranger said, "If you were anybody...More

Thank giftedelaine
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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

From the exterior of the building, it is easy to assume that not a whole lot is going on inside. WRONG. There are pivotal and historical paintings that are impressively displayed inside of the building. Admission is FREE. I am unsure if this building is...More

Thank PaleoGypsy
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Reviewed 16 June 2018

The Second Bank of the US houses the Portrait Gallery. The Gallery has an extensive collection of famous Revolutionary War notables. Most of the portraits are by the Peale family. Portraits include Thomas Sumter (as in Charleston's Fort Sumter), Rochambeau (Peale held the French in...More

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Reviewed 12 June 2018

I did not realize that this old US bank is now the home of a historic portrait gallery. The entry is free, and it is run by the Park Service if you have any questions about the portraits. Worth a visit.

Thank RalphK328
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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

Clean and stunning pillared buildings. Very much looks like a bank. Portrait gallery inside and it’s free to enter.

Thank StephenCr0ss
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DogTagTours
13 June 2017|
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Response from Craig S | Reviewed this property |
one hour but I was with small children. You could spend between two and three hours there.
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MrSaturn64
18 June 2016|
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Response from kiwiandmolly | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the second bank was having a grand re-opening when I was there on June 7th. The portrait gallery is beautiful!
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