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A Guide to Alexander Hamilton’s Philadelphia

Go beyond Broadway and follow Hamilton’s Philadelphia footsteps in the Historic District

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Freedom fighter, statesman, financial genius, adulterer. Fans of the blockbuster hit Hamilton know some of the story of Alexander Hamilton’s life, but there is plenty more to discover in Philadelphia’s Historic District.

The Museum of the American Revolution offers glimpse into the Hamilton-Washington bro-mance.

Once Upon A Nation storytellers get to the root of the fatal Hamilton-Burr duel.

And in Independence Hall, National Park Service rangers often regale visitors with accounts of heated debates that Hamilton engaged in about the U.S. Constitution.

Here are the sites where Hamilton shaped his — and America’s — legacy.

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Independence Hall

Birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

Independence Hall Independence Hall
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

When delegates gathered at Independence Hall for the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Hamilton was the only one of New York’s three delegates who signed the U.S. Constitution. Discussions were contentious but Hamilton, who authored the Federalist Papers, ultimately helped convince other delegates to support the Constitution.

Where: 520 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

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First Bank of the United States

An early architectural masterpiece

Built from 1795-1797 when Philadelphia was the U.S. capital, the First Bank was Hamilton’s solution to the problem of dealing with the nation’s enormous war debt. As Treasury Secretary, Hamilton also developed a standard currency to be used by all the states. Although the First Bank is not open for visitation, the classic architecture makes for stunning photos.

Where: 116 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19112

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Carpenters’ Hall

Meeting place of the First Continental Congress

Carpenters' Hall exterior Carpenters' Hall exterior
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

In creating the Bank of the United States, Hamilton did what had never been done before: he created the first central bank not owned by a monarch. While construction of the First Bank building was underway, the newly created federal bank was housed in Carpenters’ Hall from 1794-1797.

Where: 320 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

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United States Mint

Where pocket change and commemorative coins are made

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In 1792, Congress approved plans for the first U.S. Mint, Secretary of the Treasury Hamilton’s brainchild. The modern descendant of the original Mint building features a video that outlines Hamilton’s role in creating the money-making facility. Free, self-guided tours take about 45 minutes.

Where: 151 N Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Alexander Hamilton's Former Home

Although the home where Hamilton, his wife Eliza and their children lived is gone, a plaque marks the location where they rented a house circa 1790-1795. When Eliza was out of town, it was here that Hamilton engaged in a scandalous, career-ending affair with the very married Maria Reynolds.

Where: 226 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Powel House

A luxurious 18th-century Georgian mansion

Powel House Powel House
— Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Living at 3rd and Walnut streets, Hamilton was a frequent visitor of the Powel House, home of Elizabeth and Samuel Powel, one of Philadelphia’s most prominent Colonial-era power couples. Tours mention Hamilton’s letter to his wife Eliza, in which he asked her if she had been taking her medicine and suggested she think of the advice that Mrs. Powel once gave her regarding her health.

Where: 244 S. 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Franklin’s Print Shop

Benjamin Franklin’s 18th-century printing shop

— M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

There was no love lost between Hamilton and Ben Franklin’s grandson, Benjamin Franklin Bache. At The Aurora Print Shop, now the Franklin Print Shop, Bache railed against Hamilton and the other Federalists in his publications

Where: 320 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Second Bank of the United States

A who’s who of Revolutionary War-era portraiture

— B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

Among the many legendary heroes whose portraits hang in the Second Bank of the United States, the portrait of Alexander Hamilton that Charles Willson Peale painted circa 1790-1795 is a standout. The Parthenon-like building has been transformed into a portrait gallery of prominent citizens of the 18th and 19th century.

Where: 420 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Museum of the American Revolution

An expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period

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— Photo by J. Fusco for the Museum of the American Revolution

The young Captain Alexander Hamilton was a rising star in George Washington’s army and a key player in the Revolution. At the  Museum of the American Revolution, visitors  see Washington’s authentic Headquarters Tent, where the General, Hamilton and others plotted military strategies throughout the war.

Where: 101 S. Third Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

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National Constitution Center

The world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution

— Photo courtesy National Constitution Center

The four pages that are the foundation of American government wouldn’t have come about without the influence of Alexander Hamilton. Life-size bronze statues of him and the other signers of the U.S. Constitution are on display at the National Constitution Center.

Where: 525 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Benches

History that speaks

Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches outside Carpenters' Hall Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches outside Carpenters' Hall
Carpenters' Hall — Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

A few minutes on Once Upon a Nation’s free storytelling bench near the Museum of the American Revolution will give visitors a glimpse into the complex relationship between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Washington favored Hamilton over Burr during the encampment at Valley Forge. The two rivals’ feud percolated to a high heat in Philadelphia before terminating in a fatal duel. Visitors can hear this tale and many others at 13 benches throughout the Historic District from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Where: 101 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA

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City Tavern

Colonial America is recreated at this authentic tavern in Old City

City Tavern City Tavern
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Hamilton fans can eat, drink and make merry at City Tavern, a recreation of the original tavern where Hamilton, Washington and the gang often gathered after a hard day of debating the U.S. Constitution. Modern-day patrons can sip a colonial-style shrub or quaff Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Ale, a crisp and hoppy pale ale.

Where: 138 S. 2nd Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

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The Alexander Hamilton Walking Tours App

For fans of the blockbuster musical who can’t get enough of Hamilton, a  downloadable app, created by Philadelphia writer Catherine Price, connects some of the hit songs to Philadelphia landmarks where it all happened. The Alexander Hamilton Walking Tours app is available in the Apple App store or on Google Play.

Independence Hall
First Bank of the United States
Carpenters’ Hall
United States Mint
Alexander Hamilton's Former Home
Powel House
Franklin’s Print Shop
Second Bank of the United States
Museum of the American Revolution
National Constitution Center
Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Benches
City Tavern
The Alexander Hamilton Walking Tours App
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