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Second Bank of the United States

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Chestnut Street, Center City East, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Chestnut Street, Center City East, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Closed for many years, this is a fine Federal period building which housed the Second U.S. Bank and still houses many fine portraits and other decorative features. Often overlooked, it is a must.

Thank Marvin G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

All the notables from our country's beginning are here. There were no cameras in those days so portraits were all painted. There are rest rooms and drinking fountains here for use. The workers are really knowledgeable and friendly.

Thank Amanda M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lot of history and information to learn here. There is a large portrait gallery inside with many historical figures. I would certainly recommend visiting this free attraction while coming to historic Philadelphia.

Thank Andrew S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice quiet place to come in and look at the portraits of people significant to American history. Tons of beautiful portraits in a beautiful historic building.

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Charles Willson Peale's Revolutionary period portraits are on display here, with several other artists of the time. I felt I was looking into their lives. It's well worth the visit. Make it as short or as long as you like. Guides will answer questions.

Thank Patricia A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We finally decided to go in after walking past this time and time again. An amazing example of Greek Revival architecture, the building house a portrait gallery of well known and somewhat lesser known historical figures. The portraits are divided by category, ie science, law,...More

Thank John S
Reviewed June 13, 2017 via mobile

This building originally housed the Second National Bank. Modeled on the Parthenon, this building is gorgeous in its simplicity. Take time to visit the portrait gallery featuring numerous famous pieces, including quite a few by well known portrait artist Charles Willson Peale and a number...More

Thank Phillip K
Reviewed May 9, 2017

This building houses an extensive collection of portraits of notable civilian and military/naval personages from the Revolution and early Republic. Some are going to be immediately recognized (Washington, Jefferson, etc.), others will at least be recognized by their names (Lewis and Clark for example), but...More

Thank interceptpubs
Reviewed April 30, 2017

The bank houses a large portrait gallery of historical figures and a few statues and busts. The building is attractively laid out and easy to navigate and each portrait has a plaque describing the subject of the portraits and some biographical information. The building itself...More

Thank Brandi M
Reviewed April 22, 2017

Lovely old building in Greek Revival style but the portraits inside deliver a wonderful social history of the city. Very worth spending time looking at these.

Thank James G
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June 12, 2017|
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Response from interceptpubs | Reviewed this property |
Checked their website and their current hours are: Through June 23, 2017: Open Wednesday - Sunday 11am - 5pm June 24 - September 4, 2017: Open daily 11am - 5pm So plan accordingly. We spent about an hour inside looking at... More
June 17, 2016|
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Response from kiwiandmolly | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the second bank was having a grand re-opening when I was there on June 7th. The portrait gallery is beautiful!