Visiting the Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank

Exterior view of the north facade of the Second Bank of the United States showing eight marble columns topped with a triangular pediment.
This marvel of Greek Revival architecture houses a fine collection of over 100 portraits, many of them by 18th century artist Charles Willson Peale. Originally built to be the Second Bank of the United States, the building now draws visitors to gaze upon the faces of the "People of Independence".

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The Second Bank of the U.S. is located at 420 Chestnut Street. Enter through the doors at the top of the steps, or through the wheelchair accessible ramp on the west side of the building.

Hours and Fees
Through October 31, 2021: Open daily: 10am - 5pm
The building is closing in the end of October for renovations

Admission is FREE. No tickets are required.


The "People of Independence" exhibit provides a glimpse into the lives of those who prized order and reason, yet lived in a world marked by disease, slavery, and the fear of the unknown. Portraits by artist Charles Willson Peale form the core of the collection. In the early 1800's, these likenesses of "worthy Personages" were exhibited in Peale's Philadelphia Museum, located on the second floor of Independence Hall. Additional portraits by other artists, particularly a number by British pastel artists James and Ellen Sharples, have been added to the collection through the years.

The Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank is accessible for visitors with mobility impairments. The accessible entrance ramp is located on the west side of the building. The gallery level is reached via elevator. Accessible restrooms are located in the basement near the elevator. Learn more about the accessibility services offered throughout the park on our website.
Images and Historical Information
Interested in learning more about the building and the portraits? Additional information is available on our website. See the photos below.

Last updated: October 26, 2021

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