Second Bank of the United States Tours

Set within the Independence National Historical Park, this stately building was designed in 1818 by Philadelphia architect William Strickland, renowned for pioneering the Greek Revival movement in America. Based on the Parthenon in Greece, this was the original home of the country’s second national bank, which was discontinued with great vitriolic fanfare in 1836 by President Andrew Jackson, who feared the institution was gaining more economic power than the still-new United States itself. 

The building now houses The Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank, where the cornerstone exhibit is “People of Independence,” a collection of 185 paintings of historically significant Colonial- and Federal-era individuals – a veritable Who’s Who of the 18th century in America. Several of these portraits are by local artist Charles Wilson Peale, whose life and work are celebrated in an adjunct gallery called Peale’s Museum.  Also on display are a wood-carved sculpture and death mask of George Washington.
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Address: Center City East, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106, USA
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Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

Discover the birthplace of America on this 90-minute guided walking tour through the country’s most historic area in Philadelphia. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Independence National Historical Park and more than 20 other historic sites on this 1.25-mile trek, including the National Constitution Center, where the tour begins (and ends), plus Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center, Betsy Ross House and Declaration House, and many more. This seasonal tour operates rain or shine, but only during the warmer months of April to November.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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From History to Happy Hour Philadelphia Walking Tour

Drink your way through Philadelphia history on a 4.5-hour walking tour and pub crawl through the heart of Old City, City Hall, and Center City Philly. See some of Philly’s key landmarks, from Ben Franklin’s house to the U.S. Mint, ride the Philadelphia subway, then hit some local bars for happy hour. This 4.5-hour history and beer tour includes four beers, a snack, and entrance fees at sites along the way, and it’s limited to 12 people for a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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