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Second Bank of the United States

Center City East, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
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Ranked #104 of 288 Attractions in Philadelphia
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Type: Art Museums
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Chicago
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1,157 reviews 1,157 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My wife and I visited the Second Bank of the United States as it is located very close to the Wyndham Hotel where were staying on a recent trip to Philadelphia. The Second Bank of the United States was chartered for many of the same reasons as its predecessor, the First Bank of the United States. The War of 1812... More

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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167 reviews 167 reviews
73 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We visited and spent about 1 hour inside because we were pressed for time, but I would have liked to spend more time in there. Great for school kids and no entry fee.

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Farmingdale, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

the portraits here are stunning. There are so many historical figures you can now put a face to. It was quiet and cool for those hot Philly days. It is a quick walk around. If you are into history it's truly worth the stop.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is a beautiful old building with lots of history and the potential for a great monument/museum is there. This building however, is in terrible disrepair. It has leaky roof and the sides of the inside smell like mildew with clear water stains. The columns look like the weather has not been kind to them. The paintings are beautiful and... More

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New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I really like early American portraits, so I really enjoyed this gallery. There is a lot of information in here if you take the time to read all the descriptions accompanying each portrait. There is only one small corner that deals with the building's history (Andrew Jackson vs. Nicholas Biddle), which was a little disappointing, but the building itself is... More

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Alacant
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

A very nice and complete portrait collection. It was interesting to see the faces and the reflecting personality of the most important actors of the American revolution. Worth seeing them in detail.

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Philadelphia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

One gets a sense of historical importance while strolling through aisle after aisle of 18th century portraits, after all these Founding Fathers sacrificed immensely for our freedom. There's a very thorough representation of these (mostly) men in terms of portraiture, however their contributions and sacrifices are not celebrated in a context that can hold your attention very long. I can... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

It is a small portrait gallery, with nothing to do with the building's history. The Park Ranger made it fun for my son with a scavenger hunt.

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Nottingham, Maryland
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

This place is definitely worth a visit for history buffs. While I felt it interesting to read and see many faces of the revolution you barely hear about in school or in history books, the conveying of information was dry and a bit overwhelming. My wife and I are in our twenties and very much enjoy history, but found this... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

A guide at the Liberty Bell recommended that we check out the Second Bank/ Portrait Gallery and we were not disappointed. Yet another free exhibit in the historical section of Philly, this was a great place to see the thinkers who challenged the conventional wisdom of the time - Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, etc. It is also an architecturally interesting building,... More

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