Maryland State House

Maryland State House, Annapolis

Maryland State House
4.5
Historic Sites • Government Buildings
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The seat of government for the state of Maryland.
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Kathy K
Oviedo, FL784 contributions
Jun 2021
There is a grand staircase that you can climb up to enter the building, but there is a convenient handicapped entrance behind the stairs. The guards there will point you to the elevator, after you go through security.
The State House has the distinction of being the oldest capitol building still in use. They accomplished this by adding on to the original building to give them new House and Senate chambers. You can look in both of these rooms and read a sign about the paintings of the Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence. The old part of the building is given over to Maryland history and Maryland's part in the early history of the US, including Washington's resignation after the Revolution. You can even see his resignation address in his own hand.
The dome is the oldest wooden structure of its kind on this continent. There's a good explanation of its construction. The interior decorative dome is separate from the exterior one.
The old House chamber has statues of two famous Marylanders, Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglas, as well as information about them.
I wish I'd been taken here on a class trip back in the day!
Written July 13, 2021
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Holly W
Reading, PA489 contributions
Jul 2021
Historic, beautiful and relevant. You'll learn more than you can imagine with a self guided tour thought this stately building. The paintings and the history come alive as you walk through a current seat of government.

It's a must for families, history buffs and art lovers.
Written February 27, 2022
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casallese
Baltimore, MD748 contributions
May 2021
The Maryland State House is a recently renovated, beautiful building full of Maryland and US history. It's located in a lovely part of the old city surrounded by historical homes and gardens and faces the equally lovely Governor's Mansion. Think Williamsburg in a nautical setting. The State House itself is not too large and you can do it justice in an hour or less. This building was where Washington resigned his commision and, for a time, it was the capitol of the young United States. Recently restored to its colonial appearance with a beautiful glass dome added later, it is a great visit for anyone who loves American history.
Written June 8, 2021
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DiAlJo
Hockessin, DE909 contributions
Sep 2021
I was worried about this being just another old State House. I was very happy that they have really made it a nice experience with keeping a lot of the look and feel of the original use with all the necessary modern upgrades. The Washington room was nice to watch the video and reflect on that time. Many of the documents on display are displayed very well. You enter from the front of the building through security check point. Self guided but appears they offer re-enactors to assist.
Written October 9, 2021
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Steve M
Bethlehem, PA43 contributions
Jun 2021
While there is a lot of historic signifigance to this building, only a portion of the first floor is open to the public. Very little is original but the restorations are very nicely done. Good signage throughout. We planned about 2 hours for the visit but were done in half hour.
Written June 22, 2021
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mpursell
Washington DC, DC617 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
The Maryland State House was on our list to at least walk by, but when we walked around the building and saw a visitor entrance, we thought we'd stop in. There are a handful of exhibits documenting the local history, most notably Washington's resignation. You can take your time here, but also simply walk through at a quicker pace. The structure sits stop a hill, making it a key point of interest in town. We also got a view of the open Senate Chambers while they weren't in session. Recommend a stop in even if you're not a history buff.
Written February 17, 2020
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Prawet J
Washington DC, DC13,366 contributions
Dec 2019
My first time to have a chance to see the exhibit inside the building. A well done exhibit and I learned a lot from the display. I strongly suggest that visitors to the ground should also visit inside to learn of the part of the U.S. history there and it is free. Good job done.
Written February 2, 2020
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,863 contributions
Aug 2021
I visited the Maryland State House in August 2021. In August 2017, I was not able to enter the building as it was closed. I entered the building from street level although there is also an entrance after climbing up steps. The security is tight. After passing through security, I took an elevator up to the first floor. The centerpiece of my visit was viewing George Washington's resignation letter. It is displayed in a case. It was also interesting to view the chambers and the other exhibits.
Written August 20, 2021
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SpanishteacherMD
Ellicott City, Maryland1,505 contributions
Jan 2020
Been here many, many times. Never been inside. I went on a Saturday and took a self-guided tour. Go in the visitor's entrance in the basement. You will have to clear security and get yourself a visitor badge. Make sure to have your valid ID with you as well. Walk up the marble staircase to the main level and explore the House and Senate chambers, and some other important rooms in the building. Also take a look up through the dome. Truly impressive. Artwork all over the place. You can even see a status of George Washington in the same room where he resigned his military commission. Truly a building filled with lots of history, architectural treasures, and probably some things you didn't know about the United States. My little self-guided tour took about an hour. But you can spend as much time as you would like. The dome is never opened to the public; I made sure to ask. Unless otherwise directed, you will only have access to the main level and the basement levels. Very much worth the visit.
Written January 22, 2020
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Jonathan Chan
New York City, NY214 contributions
Nov 2021
One of the oldest state houses in the United States. Got to see both the old and current house and senate chambers, as well as where Washington gave his resignation speech. There was a copy of Washington's speech on display when we visited as well.
Written January 2, 2022
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