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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!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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!

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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

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Uniontown, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Visited the Second Bank of the US. The architecture is very interesting. Many painted pictures of famous people involved with the start of our country. We did not visit the vault downstairs. Doesn't look much like a bank inside...but does on the outside!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Building houses a portrait museum, but very little emphasis is placed on the bank itself. Would have liked to have seen more information on the bank in the museum.

Thank Denton B
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

This is an amazing building to visit -- both for the structure itself as well as the portrait exhibit inside. Built in the mid 1700 this Greek revival structure served as the National Bank of the US until Andrew Jackson refused to re-charter it about 1830. From the Doric columns across the front to the ionic columns lining the two... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

This is walls and walls of portraits all of which you have most likely seen in books before. It was however interesting to see them in person. There were plenty of people on site to answer any question one may have.

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