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Second Bank of the United States

Neighbourhood: City Center East
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Address: Chestnut Street, Center City East, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Building houses a portrait museum, but very little emphasis is placed on the bank itself. Would have liked to have seen more information on the bank in the museum.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 November 2016
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Faridabad, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this place in July 2016 and this building was under renovation thus closed to public. However, I stopped here with my family as I am a Banker myself!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

My family and I entered the building expecting to see exhibits relating to money and how banks may have been run back then but instead got to see a beautiful gallery of historic figures from the star of our country. Free and very informative, this is a great stop through historic Philly

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Thank Craig S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

This is an interesting place to visit and see the long haul of history it is a good any time adventure plus there are lots of food places to enjoy at the same time.... see it, its a worth wile time for all lovers of history...TPP COMEDY

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Uniontown, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Visited the Second Bank of the US. The architecture is very interesting. Many painted pictures of famous people involved with the start of our country. We did not visit the vault downstairs. Doesn't look much like a bank inside...but does on the outside!

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Thank DavidB19922014
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Building houses a portrait museum, but very little emphasis is placed on the bank itself. Would have liked to have seen more information on the bank in the museum.

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Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

This is an amazing building to visit -- both for the structure itself as well as the portrait exhibit inside. Built in the mid 1700 this Greek revival structure served as the National Bank of the US until Andrew Jackson refused to re-charter it about 1830. From the Doric columns across the front to the ionic columns lining the two... More 

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Thank Sallie S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

This is walls and walls of portraits all of which you have most likely seen in books before. It was however interesting to see them in person. There were plenty of people on site to answer any question one may have.

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Thank 22Destep
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

A must visit while in Philly. History until no end. Amazing place with photos of all the United States presidents, great history museum. Very friendly staff and no wait line. Be ready to bump into many newly wed couples while they have their wedding photographer take the best shot in front of the bank. Right across the street you will... More 

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White Plains, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Nice stop in the independence hall area. Lots of details about the portraits' subjects - my only complaint was that it had the portraits of the Declaration signers but often did not say what colony they were from.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

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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