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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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A Bank of Founders

The Second Bank of the United States holds portraits of the founders of the country. You will see the familiar faces of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, but there are so... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Bruce B
Vineland, New Jersey

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I was told I have to see this building and all the historic art inside when I visited Philadelphia. Well I was there just, and the sign said "Closed for renovation" with no time or date on when it will be reopened. I could have sworn I saw a sign or something that said closed until further notice. There was... More 

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Vineland, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

The Second Bank of the United States holds portraits of the founders of the country. You will see the familiar faces of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, but there are so many others to see as well. There is Elbridge Gerry, a signer of the Declaration of Independence from Massachusetts and the father of gerrymandering, the scheme of designing voting... More 

1 Thank Bruce B
Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Great photo op, but didn't go in. It's been turned into an art museum, so wasn't interested in seeing that. But still a nice piece of American history

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 356 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Unlike the disrepair of the First Bank of the US, the Second Bank of the US looks great. Unfortunately, we were in town on a Monday and was unable to view the inside of the building.

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Orlando, Florida
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516 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,270 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, I missed the opportunity to experience what I learned from another museum docent is an excellent opportunity to view fine portraits. I thought this “attraction” was only an exquisite building. Instead, it is a museum housing fine art. Check the website for dates and times it is open. I’ve added it to my must-see list,... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 332 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

A wonderful historical building, classic and majestic. It is currently undergoing some limited renovation.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

The building itself is very interesting. The history about its creation and existence is what makes a visit worthwhile.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We were fortunate that a Park Ranger at the Liberty Bell told us about this exhibit. We loved the beautiful portraits, the explanation of their origin and the many helpful Park Rangers (who even helped me find my mom when we got separated). There is a handicapped entrance on the side which brings you into the lower level where you... More 

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Port Deposit, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I have lived in and around Philadelphia all of my life and had never been to the Second Bank. We were staying across the street at the Omni and decided to visit. The building is both beautiful and historic. Inside is a collection of paintings by Peale, Stuart and others that tell the story of the major figures of the... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 262 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

When I first saw this I thought that I was back in Rome. What a great piece of American history. The building is now an art gallery but the rear / east facade off of the park is amazing; so quiet, so peaceful, so scenic. It's a great place to relax and eat lunch or just sit and reflect on... More 

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