Maryland State House

Maryland State House, Annapolis

Maryland State House
4.5
Historic Sites • Government Buildings
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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Jonathan Chan
New York City, NY178 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 2 January 2022
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DJMAN5
Abington, PA1,300 contributions
Sep 2021
EZ Walk from dock area. Mandatory visit if in Annapolis and you are interested in American history. We were lucky there was a special exhibit of printing of The Essential American Documents, including Washington's original handwritten resignation speech. Some historical portraits and restored areas are well worth the visit. All on one floor, good for about 1 hour visit. Not sure on ADA check with them as it seemed a number of steps to get into the building. As the Capitol of the US 1783-1784 and a number of historical facts- make the time to visit. This is a self guided tour- pick up brochure. Picture ID and metal detector as required for all government facilities are no problem.
Written 19 October 2021
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Boris Vinogradsky, MD
Cleveland, OH382 contributions
Oct 2021
There is a lot of history. We learned a lot. I wish there was a tour available. I think our former president should visit this place for reference and reverence.
Written 12 October 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 9 October 2021
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The Hat Guy
4 contributions
Sep 2021
We visited during a temporary display of George Washington's resignation address on leaving the Army and the Declaration of Independence. Got a great history lesson, seeing the room and building where Washington addressed the Continental Congress after the War for Independence was won, where he refused to become a King and promoted many of the ideas that lead to a society valuing liberty.
Written 7 October 2021
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,669 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 20 August 2021
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yardeegirl
Tobyhanna, PA13 contributions
Jul 2021
State house was closed. Was only able to walk the parameters but I do understand why. The grounds were beautifully manicured so my husband and I did enjoy walking around the grounds and admiring the greenery.
Written 2 August 2021
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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 13 July 2021
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Steve M
Bethlehem, PA39 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 22 June 2021
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Kevin N
San Antonio, TX325 contributions
Jun 2021
The Maryland State House was beautiful. It has a lot of history here, starting with the creation of the United States of America. The grounds are taken care of and I would definitely visit the location just for the history.
Written 16 June 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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