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Second Bank of the United States: Tours & Tickets

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Chestnut Street, 4th and 5th Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing to see pictures of some of the founding fathers. I'd not seen paintings of Adams or others before. Fascinating snippets of their lives. Would have liked more info on some. Lovely building and well laid out. Enjoyed this gallery with a difference !

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Andrew-Leakey
Reviewed 11 July 2019

The Second Bank, aka old Customs House, is a museum within Independence National Historical Park. There is essentially one gallery full of portraits of all the luminaries from the Revolutionary generation, many painted by Charles Willson Peale. An exhibit on Peale's museum is in a...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank waldentenn
Reviewed 10 July 2019

This very old bank building has been converted into a wonderful portrait gallery ....and the explanatory notes were a great help in discovering the people that helped grow our country. We were also very pleasantly surprised to find that the guards were extremely well versed...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank jerryr111
Reviewed 15 June 2019

I just happened upon this gallery en route to the Independence Hall. It is free and housed in a grand building which was the Second Bank of the USA. There are supporting pillars along the two main sides of the central hall. Unfortunately there is...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank RossOrpington
Reviewed 4 June 2019

We ducked in just to cool off and thank goodness we did. It was a remarkable collection of portraits. It really helps you put a face with a name of our founding fathers and other important people of the time. I was amazed at the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 29 May 2019

Second Bank has been turned from a bank into a portrait museum, smaller than the National Portrait Museum in Washington DC, but still chock-full of historical portraits, mainly of the Founding Fathers and associates from that era. Entrance is free, and there are rangers there...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 4 May 2019 via mobile

The build was once a bank and customs house now it houses Portraits of the founding fathers. The architecture is also great to see. And the the gallery is free. May take around 30-45 to go through.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank davidoH2706NF
Reviewed 7 April 2019

The portraits of famous people associated with the early years of our country are interesting but not exciting. A visit is worth about 20 minutes.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank larryderm
Reviewed 31 March 2019 via mobile

I like that Philadelphia has preserved the building that once housed the Second Bank with a portrait gallery dedicated to those Philadelphians who formed our country. There is a lot to learn when you read about them while browsing this free attraction.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank sylviaroland
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

I greatly enjoyed looking at the banks of Philadelphia. First bank and second bank and the oldest bank. They have ornate fences and beautiful engravings. Look close you’ll be amazed.

Date of experience: September 2018
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DogTagTours
12 June 2017|
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Response from Craig S | Reviewed this property |
one hour but I was with small children. You could spend between two and three hours there.
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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!
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