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“The Second Bank-An Early American Treasure House in Independence Historical Park”

Second Bank of the United States
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

When exploring Independence Historical Park, don't miss the Second Bank of the United States, with its rich collection of portraits of key figures from our history.the building is a neoclassical masterpiece designed by William Strickland, one,of our most important early American architects, in 1824. It's exterior is based loosely on the Parthenon in Athens. Once inside, you can see almost 200 portraits of keys figures from American history, many of which are by Charles Willson Peale, the artist who founded the Pennsylvania Academy as well as a personal dynasty of artists. Admission is free, and this is an historical site that should not be missed.

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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.

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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.

Thank Erin S
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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.

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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 :-)

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