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Second Bank of the United States

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Address: Chestnut Street, Center City East, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Portraits make a visit worthwhile

This Greek Revival style architecture is definitely worth the visit, but inside is is an exhibit of portraits of the early power brokers of the US!

Reviewed 11 March 2017
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Columbus, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This building houses an extensive collection of portraits of notable civilian and military/naval personages from the Revolution and early Republic. Some are going to be immediately recognized (Washington, Jefferson, etc.), others will at least be recognized by their names (Lewis and Clark for example), but many, while vital to the establishment and early growth of the Republic, have settled into... More 

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DownEast and Acadia Maine, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The bank houses a large portrait gallery of historical figures and a few statues and busts. The building is attractively laid out and easy to navigate and each portrait has a plaque describing the subject of the portraits and some biographical information. The building itself is beautiful.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely old building in Greek Revival style but the portraits inside deliver a wonderful social history of the city. Very worth spending time looking at these.

Thank James G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

We happened to see this while walking around. It is a cool looking building but that's about it. You can also see the first bank across the street.

Thank Rodney B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

This Greek Revival style architecture is definitely worth the visit, but inside is is an exhibit of portraits of the early power brokers of the US!

Thank sseago
New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

I visited here in February 2017. I recommend that you verify the days and hours that the Second Bank of the United States is open before visiting. The Second Bank of the United States has a fantastic portrait gallery. George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Paul Jones, Marquis de Lafayette and many others.... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

The Second Bank of the US, that imposing Greek revival building on Chestnut and 4th St. in Philadelphia’s Old City, has had a tumultuous history. I was intrigued and wanted to know how, according to the National Park Service marker outside the building, a 19th century bank building of historical importance became a US Customs House and now displays a... More 

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Faridabad, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

We visited this place in July 2016 and this building was under renovation thus closed to public. However, I stopped here with my family as I am a Banker myself!!!

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Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

My family and I entered the building expecting to see exhibits relating to money and how banks may have been run back then but instead got to see a beautiful gallery of historic figures from the star of our country. Free and very informative, this is a great stop through historic Philly

Thank Craig S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

This is an interesting place to visit and see the long haul of history it is a good any time adventure plus there are lots of food places to enjoy at the same time.... see it, its a worth wile time for all lovers of history...TPP COMEDY

Thank thomas p

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