Maryland State House
Maryland State House
4.5
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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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  • Bill B
    Bel Air, Maryland18,207 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Being July, the official state flower, the Black Eyed Susan, featured on the grounds
    Walking around the Maryland State House on this hot and muggy morning is made less onerous due to the trees lining the way. The majectic building can be seen at the top of a hill from several streets leading up to it. Built between 1772–1779, this state house is the oldest in the nation still in legislative use according to one of the historic markers. It even served as Capitol of the United States from November 26, 1783 – August 13, 1784. The marker further states that on January 14, 1784, Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris to end the Revolutionary War here. Not surprisingly, the State House was designated a Registered National Historic Landmark as far back as 1933. In addition to the shady trees, the State House is surrounded by flower beds, historic hotels, and houses. It is appropriate this time of year to view the building from a bed filled with the official state flower, the Black Eyed Susan.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Carl Jón Denbow
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very beautiful state house and grounds
    I've visited this site several times in recent years. It's very beautiful and has a number of interesting historical markers to let you discover all of the interesting things that happened here. One that you may not know is that after the Revolution, but before the ratification of the Constitution, Annapolis served as the national capital for about nine months in 1783 and was, thus, the new nation's third capital. This was during the time that the Articles of Confederation were in effect under the Confederation Congress.
    Visited September 2022
    Written 15 August 2023
  • Piero C
    Annapolis, Maryland615 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best of statehouses
    I’m partial to the moderation of the earlier colonial buildings and this, perhaps, is one of the most beautiful examples of ostentation held in check by a limited budget. The Tiffany ceilings of the old assembly and senate chambers are marvelous, and the dome itself quite dignified in comparison to the overblown rococo blasts of our nation’s capitol building. Lots of great history told through the lens of African Americans is somewhat drowned in the great celebration of George Washington’s. Cincinnatus moment, playing over several rooms. I liked, however, the life sized statues of Washington, Tubman, and Douglass, which make this figures, dare I say, “relatable.”
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Kevin B
    Mount Juliet, Tennessee3,621 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely tour!
    We love visiting state capitol buildings when we're traveling as you can learn so much history and get a feel for the differences between all of the states. We did a self-guided tour on our trip to Annapolis and we really enjoyed the Maryland State House. It really is quite a beautiful building and it's actually the oldest state house in continuous operation. It also has the largest wooden dome in the United States constructed without nails, which is a very fun fact. The grounds are very pretty as well and I would recommend touring it to anyone who enjoys US history.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 November 2023
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LoisTravels2
Charlottesville, VA27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Impressive State Capitol Building. So much rich history in a beautiful building. Free tour at your pace. You need ID’s to get inside. Highly recommend .
Written 7 May 2024
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Kevin B
Mount Juliet, TN3,621 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We love visiting state capitol buildings when we're traveling as you can learn so much history and get a feel for the differences between all of the states. We did a self-guided tour on our trip to Annapolis and we really enjoyed the Maryland State House. It really is quite a beautiful building and it's actually the oldest state house in continuous operation. It also has the largest wooden dome in the United States constructed without nails, which is a very fun fact. The grounds are very pretty as well and I would recommend touring it to anyone who enjoys US history.
Written 29 November 2023
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Piero C
Annapolis, MD615 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I’m partial to the moderation of the earlier colonial buildings and this, perhaps, is one of the most beautiful examples of ostentation held in check by a limited budget. The Tiffany ceilings of the old assembly and senate chambers are marvelous, and the dome itself quite dignified in comparison to the overblown rococo blasts of our nation’s capitol building.

Lots of great history told through the lens of African Americans is somewhat drowned in the great celebration of George Washington’s. Cincinnatus moment, playing over several rooms. I liked, however, the life sized statues of Washington, Tubman, and Douglass, which make this figures, dare I say, “relatable.”
Written 26 August 2023
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Carl Jón Denbow
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
I've visited this site several times in recent years. It's very beautiful and has a number of interesting historical markers to let you discover all of the interesting things that happened here. One that you may not know is that after the Revolution, but before the ratification of the Constitution, Annapolis served as the national capital for about nine months in 1783 and was, thus, the new nation's third capital. This was during the time that the Articles of Confederation were in effect under the Confederation Congress.
Written 16 August 2023
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Bill B
Bel Air, MD18,207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Walking around the Maryland State House on this hot and muggy morning is made less onerous due to the trees lining the way. The majectic building can be seen at the top of a hill from several streets leading up to it. Built between 1772–1779, this state house is the oldest in the nation still in legislative use according to one of the historic markers. It even served as Capitol of the United States from November 26, 1783 – August 13, 1784. The marker further states that on January 14, 1784, Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris to end the Revolutionary War here. Not surprisingly, the State House was designated a Registered National Historic Landmark as far back as 1933. In addition to the shady trees, the State House is surrounded by flower beds, historic hotels, and houses. It is appropriate this time of year to view the building from a bed filled with the official state flower, the Black Eyed Susan.
Written 18 July 2023
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JeffBreedlove
Atlanta, GA4,529 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Yes the building is historic. Because of that it is worth a visit.

However:

A: Parking is terrible - just, absolutely, terrible - it’s a serious effort to even find a place to park close to the State House - not even signs - the Governor should have the staff fix this

B: We pulled up to the HANDICAPPED area to let a HANDICAPPED passenger out - a state employee (with a “special” tag in her dashboard) pulled up and started yelling at us - apparently, she wanted to park in the taxpayer provided reserved spot for taxpayer employees (who, clearly, have a special sense of entitlement)

That state employee was discourteous, rude, and unprofessional - clearly, the staff view the State House as their office snd not the peoples house…

Between the lack of parking, including handicapped parking, and rude staff our visit was tainted before we even entered the building…

I would only recommend a visit if you are trying to visit every state Capitol building otherwise I would avoid this building and the rude staff at all costs
Written 24 June 2023
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iver0185
Granite Falls, MN631 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Beautiful, old building with a lot of historical things to see. Took a walk down the main street to the waterfront. Nice area.
Written 14 June 2023
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BR2412
Park Ridge, IL36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Came here in early June. The place was closed, only security. We could take our time walking through the building and reading. General George Washington resigning his commission was very interesting (a statue of General Washington is in the building).
Written 7 June 2023
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LAURIE S
Buckhannon, WV581 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Excellent review of colonial American history in Maryland. Many galleries on first floor after going through security. Very impressed with what I learned. Self guided tour only.
Written 18 May 2023
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Dovidan
Seattle, WA81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The rooms about Washington, Fredrick Douglas, and Harriet Tubman were the best. Worth spending 30-45 minutes here
Written 5 November 2022
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