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Second Bank of the United States

Address: Center City East, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
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$15*
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Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
81%
Ranked #72 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Fee: No
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Fee: No
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Louisville, Kentucky
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134 reviews 134 reviews
34 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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208 attraction reviews
231 helpful votes 231 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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Chesterfield, Virginia
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19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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1,265 reviews 1,265 reviews
315 attraction reviews
674 helpful votes 674 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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57 helpful votes 57 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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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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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