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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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This site is really a Portrait Gallery now

It's not a bank anymore, but home to a nice portrait gallery of many famous early Americans. It's not huge, so it won't consume a lot of your day. It's in Independence... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Barrington, Rhode Island
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This site has become a premiere portrait gallery of notables in history, especially with a Philadelphia connection. The crowd reaction to the works, largely by Charles Wilson Peale, give mute testimony to cranky whinings of John Adams in his time. Ben Franklin is favored with a large, distinguished portrait. Hamilton, now a rock star, was the idol of flocks of... More 

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Barrington, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's not a bank anymore, but home to a nice portrait gallery of many famous early Americans. It's not huge, so it won't consume a lot of your day. It's in Independence Square/Mall, so it's near lots of other attractions. The building is cool, too.

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Rogers, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We almost skipped this, but I am glad that we didn't. The portraits are very impressive, - and there are lots and lots of them - and there was a very helpful Park Service man who was there who gave us lots of information. This is very near Carpenter's Hall which doesn't compare to the Second Bank - in my... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After years of renovation, the Second Bank of the United States reopened as a portrait gallery of colonial Philadelphians. Many of the works are by Charles Wilson Peale, including his famous painting of Benjamin Franklin. If I'm not mistaken, photography is prohibited, so keep that in mind.

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Canton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

This attraction has a wonderful collection of portraits and accompanying information about a plethora of people who contributed to the formation of our country. It is a great place to learn about other historical figures other than the high profile ones we normally learn about in history class. I highly recommend taking time to walk through and read about all... More 

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Bourbonnais, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

The art work is amazing and in such a beautiful building. It didn't take too long to get through, but the docents were very informative explaining details about the art.

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Rockaway Park, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

Interesting, numerous portraits by Peale. Lots of interesting things to look at but our scout troop got bored very quickly. Parks staff did a great job trying to help, handed out trading cards of historical figures for the kids to try to find the portrait. Can be seen in 20-30 minutes unless you're really into portraits of famous people from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

The gallery has recently reopened after some renovations. There are many portraits to admire and people to read about. The building itself is also very beautiful and nicely restored. There are park rangers inside to answer questions. The gallery is free, and easy to get to when you are already downtown seeing the other historical sites.

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Haddonfield, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

This mostly portrait gallery lets you see the faces of the famous and the not so famous people who lived or visited Philadelphia in the 1700s. Some of the paintings also showed some street scenes from the 18th century in this Greek revival building.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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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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