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Second Bank of the United States

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 3 September 2017 via mobile

There is no admission charge to see these incredible portraits by Charles Wilson Peale. Almost every significant hero of the American Revolution is in this portrait gallery. The portraits are magnificent. You must take one of the free interpretive tours offered by the Park Services....More

Thank Greenvilledan
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Plan to get inside this beauty which is open 11 am to 5 pm - check for holiday closings. We were on the late side due to the day spent at the Museum of the American Revolution which is a couple minute walk away. Plan...More

Thank b d
Reviewed 23 August 2017

What a marvelous place I happened to stop by, had no idea that there were so many paintings of our founding fathers - all originals, mostly by Peale and his son. Well worth a quick stop to peruse the main gallery or even an hour...More

Thank Gabriel002
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

What a special treat to see and read a short bio on so many of our early American leadership. Every facet of life, political, military, science, religion, business and finance and more are wonderfully represented and presented. The building itself is worth a look see...More

Thank David O
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Pretty and nicely cared for.... old building, free to get in. Filled with portraits of various historical figures mainly from the Revolutionary War period (and after to the early 1800s)

Thank Dee S
Reviewed 22 July 2017

this stop is a beautiful way to view history and very educational. good for all ages and it's Free!!

Thank susanwwalters
Reviewed 18 July 2017

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 reelwise
Reviewed 14 July 2017 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 12 July 2017 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 July 2017 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
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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.
17 June 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!