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100 State Cir, Annapolis, MD 21401, United States

Annapolis, the capital city of the U.S. state of Maryland, is renowned as one of America's most beautiful cities. This enchanting city will captivate you at every turn, offering numerous mesmerizing destinations and landmarks that embody its true essence. Among them is the State House, a historic landmark that transports you back in time. The architecture, historical artifacts, and galleries give insight into its place in the history and heritage of the United States.

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What to Know

The State House is the oldest State House in the United States. It was built between 1772 and 1779 and is the longest-running state capitol in the country. It is the third state house at this location and has been recognized as a National Historic Landmark since 1960. The State House has had a major impact on American political history. There are several chambers in the Maryland State House, each with its mission and meaning. George Washington's resignation as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army took place in the Old Senate Chamber of the Maryland State House.

In the period from 1783 to 1784, the Maryland State House had the honor of being the official capitol building for the United States Congress of the Confederation. On January 14th, 1784, the Treaty of Paris was ratified in the Old Senate Chamber by Congress, officially marking the end of the American Revolutionary War.

Please be aware that the State House and all other state buildings have security measures in place. To enter the building, you will need to present a valid picture ID. Do not forget to bring your ID to ensure a smooth and enjoyable exploration of the four hundred years of history.

How to Get There

The Maryland State House is located in downtown Annapolis, making it easily accessible by different modes of transportation. If you are driving, you can use GPS navigation to reach the destination. The nearest parking is available at 29 Saint Johns Street, Annapolis. You can also use services like Uber, Lyft, taxis, or other available transportation options. Alternatively, if you are nearby, you have the option to walk to the location.

Best Time to Visit

The Maryland State House welcomes visitors daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except on Christmas and New Year’s Day). You can choose a time that fits your schedule. For a quieter and more serene experience with fewer crowds, consider visiting in the morning. Morning is an ideal time to explore the State House surroundings peacefully. If you are interested in special exhibits and events, we recommend visiting in the afternoon as most activities occur during this time. To make your visit more enjoyable, book a guided tour with Tripshepherd!

Highlights & Features

- Enjoy the sight of the wooden Dome of the State House constructed without nails. It is one of the most iconic architectural features of any building in Annapolis.

- Explore a diverse range of exhibits, historical artifacts, and educational resources highlighting America's political history and past.

- Explore the Rotunda, the central area of the State House. Look up to see the beautiful wooden dome overhead. I am sure you will admire the architecture and historical displays in this space, including the case displaying George Washington’s personal copy of the speech.

- Embark on guided tours that provide a chance for you to learn about the details of the State House’s architecture, history, and significant events. Go to the first floor for a self-guided tour.

- Join Visitors Program group tours of the Maryland General Assembly legislative complex, available by reservation only on weekdays. However, please remember to request a two-week advance notice for booking.