We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Second Bank of the United States: Tours & Tickets

All photos (116)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good45%
  • Average15%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Certificate of Excellence
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
16°
Oct
10°
Nov
-2°
Dec
Contact
Chestnut Street, 4th and 5th Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106
City Centre East
Website
Improve This Listing
Second Bank of the United States Tours and Tickets
from USD 28.50
More Info
from USD 19.00
More Info
from USD 25.00
More Info
from USD 19.00
More Info
from USD 45.00
More Info
from USD 25.00
More Info
from USD 45.00
More Info
See all tours & tickets
Reviews (120)
Filter reviews
105 results
Traveller rating
45
44
13
2
1
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
Traveller rating
45
44
13
2
1
Show reviews that mention
All reviews portrait gallery founding fathers alexander hamilton bank building patrick henry marquis de lafayette oil paintings doric columns fort sumter parthenon in athens grand building american revolution free exhibit extensive collection independence hall their lives park service
Selected filters
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 105 reviews
Reviewed yesterday

This building currently holds an exhibit of portraits of important colonial figures. Very interesting to see.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Amy M
Reviewed 14 September 2019 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 12 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 5 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
1  Thank E7575NSmikeg
Reviewed 30 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
1  Thank maserk
Reviewed 5 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 8 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 1 April 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
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 90 nearby hotels
Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
129 reviews
.03 km away
Society Hill Hotel
235 reviews
.18 km away
Best Western Plus Independence Park Hotel
1,556 reviews
.23 km away
Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
2,491 reviews
.39 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 5,331 nearby restaurants
Buddakan
1,184 reviews
.09 km away
Red Owl Tavern
1,048 reviews
.09 km away
National Mechanics Bar & Restaurant
242 reviews
.22 km away
The Little Lion
192 reviews
.20 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 1,029 nearby attractions
Independence National Historical Park
2,895 reviews
.20 km away
Museum of the American Revolution
1,202 reviews
.19 km away
Independence Hall
8,829 reviews
.15 km away
National Museum of American Jewish History
1,091 reviews
.16 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
DogTagTours
13 June 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Craig S | Reviewed this property |
one hour but I was with small children. You could spend between two and three hours there.
1
Vote
MrSaturn64
18 June 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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!
1
Vote