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“Government Rules”

Maryland State House
Ranked #4 of 90 things to do in Annapolis
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Owner description: The seat of government for the state of Maryland.
Sarasota, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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“Government Rules”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

The recent and ancient history found in the halls and chambers of this memorable place offers the viewers a look into Maryland's role in politics.

Visited June 2013
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Montgomery, Texas
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“Wow! This was spectacular.”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

Based on a Fodor's travel book recommendation, my wife and I toured the Maryland State House during a brief visit to Annapolis. This building dominates the skyline in small-town Annapolis. It is the oldest state house in the U.S. , and was the site of an early meeting of the U.S. Continental Congress and many key national historical events. It pre-dates the formation of the U.S. Constitution!! Architecturally, it is magnificent. The state Senate and House of Representatives meeting rooms are spectacular. The refurbished original House of Delegates meeting room is VERY impressive. It's free. Do remember to leave pocket knives at home - security is just like entering an aircraft or courthouse in most areas if the country. You are required to have a picture ID (e.g., state drivers license). It was a self-guided tour but well documented. There is an optional guided tour. All guards and security were very friendly and helpful. I'd recommend it to anyone visiting Annapolis.

Visited June 2013
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Cambridge, Maryland
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“The largest all wooden dome in the country!”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

Beautifully rendered with historical aspects and modern lawmakers. Docents are wonderfully versed. Art is unbelievable. Some of the most incredible woodwork in any American public building. Located in the center of equally beautiful architecture of the older end of Annapolis.

Visited February 2013
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New Britain, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews
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“Lots of schoolkids invaded the building”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

I was staying across the street from the state house and it was so beautiful on the outside that I couldn't wait to see it inside. I was a bit disappointed- the only thing you can see are several rooms on the first floor. The day we were there, there were hundreds of school kids in the building so it was complete chaos. We did listen in on a couple of their tours, but it was disappointing that there was no official self guided tour or brochure so you knew what things were. The only saving grace was that it was free. Not sure if there is a better time to go with less kids around.

Visited June 2013
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Plymouth, Michigan
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“Beautiful old building”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

No charge to get in a definite plus. Several historic rooms open for viewing. Well explained. Must go through a metal detector.

Visited May 2013
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