Second Bank of the United States

Second Bank of the United States

Second Bank of the United States
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Neighborhood: City Center East
How to get there
  • 5th St • 3 min walk
  • 2nd St • 6 min walk
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herb v
West Amwell, NJ469 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
An unexpected and delightful find.

Just finished up at the nearby Museum of The American Revolution (which is also a Must See destination). And just strolling around the neighborhood and came upon the bank - part of Independence Hall National Historical Park. Let's see if it's open. And it is.

And find out it is a portrait gallery. Go inside and are surrounded by portraits of the famous and not so famous from Philadelphia and beyond. From the Founding Fathers to the local citizens. A great cross section of our first citizens. And in a very open, casual and informal space.

Which in itself is worth the visit. Beautifully restored. And of course, always helpful National Park Service staff to answer any questions.

Glad we walked around
Written March 9, 2024
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BLMerce
Kensington, MD908 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Even my my grandchildren enjoyed viewing the portraits and learning about the people. Helpful rangers were there to help. We met the Ranger who gave us our Independence Hall tour. She guided the boys and they earned trading cards. My favorite was a miniature portrait by Charles Peale surrounded by garnets.
Written September 9, 2023
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Senioronabudget
Kent, WA976 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
While this is a small portrait gallery, it is great to see original paintings of revolutionary icons. As an aside, it has the best restrooms on the mall
Written October 29, 2021
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,690 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The Second Bank is famous/infamous as the national bank that Andrew Jackson killed. The building is intact but has seen better days (a renovation is planned). The interior has nothing to do with the Bank. It's a gallery of portraits painted by famous artist Charles Peale. It's free and there's a lot more in here than I expected, but while there are many famous Revolution-Era figures here, there are many portraits of miscellaneous not famous people whom Peale painted. As the same person painted all of them, there's a sameness to them, and my interest was exhausted in well under an hour.
Written October 23, 2021
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jpete02
Lansing, MI877 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Home of the controversial second bank of the United States (Andrew Jackson shut it down), it has been converted to a portrait gallery of American Revolutionary heroes (some well known and some not).

Would recommend going here towards the end of your trip as you learn more about the people who lived in Philadelphia during this period by visiting other sites. You will recognize more of the names this way and it will be more interesting to see their portraits. Located one block down from Independence Hall and it is free. Takes less than a half hour to see everything. Has bathrooms in basement
Written October 9, 2021
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Michael N
Berkeley, CA104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Fantastic collection of portraits of significant people from colonial and revolutionary American history. A guide told me as I enterred that it's the second largest portrait gallery in the country.

It was free, and I honestly didn't expect to enjoy it quite as much as I did. I was only able to stay for 15 minutes, as I initially went to kill some time while waiting for my tour of nearby Independence Hall. But I could have probably spent an hour there, and I encourage you all to stay longer, especially if you are art nerds or American history nerds.
Written September 17, 2021
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Stacy H
Tampa, FL62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
This was another museum I didn’t spend much time in its full of portraits of politicians and important people in Philadelphia as well as information on the person. Best of all the museum was free, no ticket needed. So checking it out if your in the neighborhood.
Written July 26, 2021
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Dayter
Green Bay, WI26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
It is now a portrait museum but still contains a room fully dedicated to when it was a bank. The history is incredible about how it was formed and when it collapsed. Would recommend to visit
Written July 8, 2021
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Hannah Tare
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
We were so happy and impressed at this portrait gallery. We had been on a walking tour beforehand that recommended this amazing site. There were a few rooms but the back room was definitely the coolest one. I can’t explain but hopefully you see for yourself. I would totally recommend this even for groups with young kids. I would make around 30-45 minutes if you want to see/read everything
Written April 4, 2021
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BrookeB55
New York City, NY2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This place is a national treasure and a gem hidden in plain sight for anyone interested in American history and portrait art. Should not be missed.
Written February 16, 2021
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