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Second Bank of the United States Tours

Second Bank of the United States
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.
Address: Center City East, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106, USA
Hours: Wed-Sun 11am-5pm
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Dark Philly Adult Night Tour

Dark Philly Adult Night Tour

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See the dark side of Philly during this adult night tour developed by a local university professor. Not for the faint of heart, this tour uncovers Philadelphia’s R-rated sites and stories, from vampires, pirate ghost ships, and haunted attractions to torture, executions, and the red light district. You'll also visit historical attractions and see the sights illuminated at night. This tour is not suitable for children.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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$25.00
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The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

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Discover the birthplace of America on this 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, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center, and many more.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$19.00
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Old City Walking Tour in Philadelphia

Old City Walking Tour in Philadelphia

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Walk in the footsteps of America's founding fathers on this walking tour of Philadelphia's Old City. Visit important landmarks such as Christ Church, the Ben Franklin Post Office, Carpenters' Hall, and Independence Hall as your guide narrates local history.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$28.50
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Discovering Colonial Philadelphia to now Walking Tour

Discovering Colonial Philadelphia to now Walking Tour

Benefit from a walking tour led by a private guide for an in-depth look at Philadelphia’s colonial heritage and architecture. View a number of architectural styles and buildings that date to the city’s founding, and hear about America’s history and Founding Fathers as well. Stroll through Elfreth's Alley and the Old City, and stop to view landmarks such as Christ Church and the Ghost House at Franklin Court.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$298.67
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Philadelphia Prohibition Pub Crawl

Philadelphia Prohibition Pub Crawl

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Hear tales of prohibition and gangsters such as Al Capone and Leo Lanzetti on this evening walking tour and pub crawl in Philadelphia. A spirited guide takes you around city landmarks and to local taverns—savor a complimentary drink and snacks, and then make use of drink specials at the places you visit. Good at trivia? Answer quickly and correctly to get more free beer. Don’t miss this lively night out on the town and learn about Philadelphia’s dark side.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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1776 History and Cheesesteak Tour

1776 History and Cheesesteak Tour

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Discover the history and flavors of Philadelphia on a walking tour. Follow your guide to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and other noteworthy sights in the Birthplace of Independence. Get to see some of the favorite haunts of the country’s founding fathers and other influential Americans. The tour cures not only your curiosity, but also your appetite with a cheesesteak sandwich and other popular Philly eats.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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What are Second Bank of the United States hours of operation?
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Second Bank of the United States hours of operation: Wed-Sun 11am-5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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