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“Very A-Peale-ing!”

Second Bank of the United States
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Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
Ranked #94 of 443 things to do in Philadelphia
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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154 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Very A-Peale-ing!”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

(As in Charles Willson P, of course...)

The building is great, with the interior a symphony in pink and white. The old time rows of portraits have gained immensely by the settings, and there are interesting and informative signs to not only tell you about the person but also make links to other ideas.

The Peale Museum set-up is great, a nice tribute to that busy family.

The rangers are very helpful, and will give tours to school groups if desired.

Visited September 2012
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Lakewood, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Almost skipped this and glad we didn't!”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

We figured we'd pass through, get a quick glimpse and cool off in the air conditioning, and we ended up spending quite a bit of time in here! TIP: talk to the Rangers! We chatted with two of them: one had interesting "gossip" on several of the historical figures, and the other pointed out many of the artist's secrets in each painting. Made the visit much more enjoyable and informative while our son searched for info to obtain more of the historic trading cards.

Visited June 2012
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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“The "People Magazine" exhibit that goes with Independence Hall”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

First, I love history, so I really enjoyed this exhibit. If I was explaining this to the non-history fan, I would say this is like a magazine feature showing pictures of most of the prominent players in the American Revolution. Each has a short recap to explain who they are and their significance/part in the events. And if nothing else, it's a free place to cool off on a hot summer visit to Independence Hall, and just on the next block, between Independence Hall and Carpenter Hall.

Visited July 2012
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CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Excellent free attraction in Philadelphia”
Reviewed April 24, 2012

We were staying at the Omni across the street and had an hour to kill before our dinner reservations, so we walked in. I should preface this by saying that I lived in University City and Center City for 9 years back in the '80s and never went in here. There are about 200 paintings (mostly by the Peales) and several sculptures inside. Very well laid out and labeled. It is definitely worth the trip and an incredible bargain at free :-)

Visited April 2012
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Surprise, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“A Must for History Buffs”
Reviewed April 7, 2012

We stumbled on this fascinating glimpse of history. The building itself is interesting, but it is the portrait collection that history buffs will enjoy. It includes 185 paintings of Colonial and Federal leaders, military officers, explorers and scientists, most by Charles Wilson Peale. For anyone who is familiar with the Revolutionary War period, it is a treat to see contemporary paintings of the people you have read about. Peale himself had quite an interesting life, as he opened the first museum in the United States. We were lucky to be there for one of the frequent tours, and it was led by a ranger who clearly loved his subject.

Visited May 2011
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