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Second Bank of the United States

Center City East, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
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Ranked #94 of 289 Attractions in Philadelphia
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Type: Art Museums
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Chesterfield, Virginia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Great stop and walk through history. Brief descriptions of several national leaders teach us much. Historical site is well maintained and a perfect fit for the story. No charge.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

What an amazing collection displayed so beautifully in such an historic building. I've been to Philadelphia 4 times and never knew this was here. An impressive collection of Peale and Stuart. What a lucky find. And it's free!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The Second Bank of the United States holds a collection of portraits of prominent early Americans painted by Charles Willson Peale and many others. The quality of the portraits are amazing and the associted descriptions of each subject are also interesting. If you can find even a few minutes to have a look around it will be worthwhile.

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Chicago
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302 attraction reviews
531 helpful votes 531 helpful votes
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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54 helpful votes 54 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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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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23 helpful votes 23 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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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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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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