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Second Bank of the United States

Chestnut Street, Center City East, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Chestnut Street, Center City East, Philadelphia, PA 19106
City Centre East
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"historical figures"
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"portrait gallery"
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"greek revival"
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"national bank"
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"building houses"
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Reviewed 6 days ago 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 1 week ago

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

Thank DeePartyofSix
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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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Reviewed 9 April 2018

In a beautiful Greek Revival building with a soaring interior center space is a collection of wonderful portraiture with an emphasis on Charles Wilson Peale & his contemporaries. I loved the groupings by occupation and vocation, the wonderful taxidermy bald eagle, the prints of 1800...More

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Reviewed 7 April 2018

The portraits on display were a step back into the history of the United States. It is a very grand building from the moment you start up the beautiful steps. A quiet place to spend somev time onv a busy days in Philadelphia.

Thank Karen S
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

Another grand old building making you wonder how they built such things long ago. Did not get into the building as it was closed. Another good stop on the walking tour.

Thank Rockiroads
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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

This museum is next to Independence Hall. We almost passed it. We spent about a half hour looking at the different portraits of Revolutionary War patriots and other figures. There is a short biography on each. It is a nice little museum for free and...More

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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

There is no admission charge to see these incredible portraits by Charles Wilson Peale. Almost every significant hero of the American Revolution is in this portrait gallery. The portraits are magnificent. You must take one of the free interpretive tours offered by the Park Services....More

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

Plan to get inside this beauty which is open 11 am to 5 pm - check for holiday closings. We were on the late side due to the day spent at the Museum of the American Revolution which is a couple minute walk away. Plan...More

Thank b d
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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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