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Second Bank of the United States

Center City East, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
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Ranked #107 of 281 attractions in Philadelphia
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New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
28 helpful votes 28 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
34 helpful votes 34 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Geneva, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

This is one of the few Federal Portrait Galleries. You may easily walk right past it - not as much hype as other sites within view. A collection of portraits of forefathers including George Washington. Interesting history of the architecture was told by city tour. Free and no lines!

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Forsyth, Georgia
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23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Glad my kids weren't on this trip, we'd have been in and out in no time. Take your time and stroll through this museum of portraits of all the founding fathers (and a few mothers too). When I say all, I mean ALL. You'll be introduced to the faces and stories of people who you've never heard of who sacrificed... More

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Abingdon, Maryland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Very select open hours and had trouble keeping my 12 yr old interested. We enjoyed looking outside. It is close to the First Bank of US. It is all within a block or two of each other.

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NJ
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922 helpful votes 922 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

As is often the case with me where art is displayed in old buildings, I prefer the architecture of this old building to the art housed within it. It is good that this building was re-purposed as an art museum rather than torn down and an entirely new building constructed to show the art; otherwise we lose the historical perspective... More

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