Second Bank of the United States

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420 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA, USA

Second Bank of the United States Philadelphia Reviews

WalterC WalterC
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Impressive gallery to check out Jun 14, 2016
Right in the middle of the historical area of Philadelphia, the Second Bank of the United States serves as a portrait gallery. Built after the War of 1812, more about the history of this place in the blog. Located a block away from Independence Hall, it is part of the Independence Historical National Park.

And not hard to miss, with its Greek Revival architecture. The building itself, is very nice to look at. But is it worth going inside?

The portrait gallery contains paintings of the Founding Fathers and more. It definitely has ones of the well-known ones, like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. But also portraits of the lesser known ones, like John Jay and Roger Sherman, along with ones for those from earlier or later time periods. Plus those with a more local connection.

The portraits are very impressive to look at, and there are good descriptions for each one. And while the collection is not large, this place is definitely worth visiting, to learn more about the people who were responsible for the birth of the United States.

So yes, it is definitely worth going inside. If time is short in Philly, then I would at least check out the main area, where the portraits of the well-known Founding Fathers is located. Needless to say, a must-see for history buffs.

Admission is free, so even better reason to check it out! ;)
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