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The Second bank of the United States was commissioned by James Madison and was established in response to the enormous debt the United States had due to the War of 1812. It is a gorgeous structure modeled after the Parthenon in Athens, with two huge...More
There are two reasons to visit: one, if you are into portrait painting, and two, if you are willing to read all the descriptions of who the people, (not just the well known names we learn in school) are and how they contributed to colonial...More
This free exhibit features many lovely oil paintings complete with information about the person. The interior of the building is lovely. Its a short walk from Independence hall and a good place to pop in for 30 minutes before or after a tour there.
Was very surprised when walking in the building. It was full of orginal "period" portraits of promient patriots from the 1700's. This FREE "gallery" inspired me to tell others that they need to go in and see for themselves.
An extensive collection of portraits of founding fathers and other important men and women in a historic space. Entry is free and the docents are very eager to answer questions and provide more information. doesn't hurt to stop in.
Housed the Second Bank of the United States. It is a lovely building with unique architecture. Housed in the less crowded area of the historic district. Come inside and enjoy the portraits of lots of important people. As the ranger said, "If you were anybody...More
From the exterior of the building, it is easy to assume that not a whole lot is going on inside. WRONG. There are pivotal and historical paintings that are impressively displayed inside of the building. Admission is FREE. I am unsure if this building is...More
The Second Bank of the US houses the Portrait Gallery. The Gallery has an extensive collection of famous Revolutionary War notables. Most of the portraits are by the Peale family. Portraits include Thomas Sumter (as in Charleston's Fort Sumter), Rochambeau (Peale held the French in...More
I did not realize that this old US bank is now the home of a historic portrait gallery. The entry is free, and it is run by the Park Service if you have any questions about the portraits. Worth a visit.