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Exhibition Hours

Maryland State House
100 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401

General Admission

Hours: 9 am - 5 pm, daily
Free, Photo ID is required to enter.

Please Note: The wearing of masks in public areas of the Maryland State House is mandatory. Individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms should not enter the building.
 


Guided Tours

Historic Annapolis (HA) is pleased to offer a guided tour experience for Founding Freedoms.

Founding Freedoms Walking Tour
(offered beginning Monday, September 20)

Your experience begins with a 45-minute tour of the William Paca House and Garden. As you walk through the restored home and elegant garden of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, your guide will share information of Paca's contributions to the revolutionary cause and share the stories of all the people who lived and labored here. 

Your tour continues with a short stroll to the Maryland State House as your guide points out highlights of Annapolis history and architecture. At the Maryland State House, your guide will lead your visit to the Founding Freedoms exhibition which tells the story of the formation of the United States from the patriotic ideals fought for in the Revolutionary War to the democratic principles of the Founding Generation in their creation of our government. The exhibit features rare 18th-and 19th-century printings of the Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, and Bill of Rights, alongside the State House's permanent display of George Washington's 1783 Resignation Speech. Your docent will also provide a guided visit to the Old Senate Chamber and the new Senate Chamber.

Tours Offered (beginning Monday, September 20):
Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays: 10:30 am - 12 pm


This tour is a 90-minute experience and includes walking and stairs.

Cost: $20 General Admission, $10 for HA Members, $10 for Children (3-17)
Photo ID is required to enter the State House

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Please Note: Face masks are required for all participants on all HA guided tours when inside buildings, including the William Paca House and the State House. Masks are optional outdoors.

 

Founding Freedoms Exhibit Experience

A Historic Annapolis docent will be available in the Maryland State House Rotunda during listed hours to enhance your experience viewing the Founding Freedoms exhibit. Learn more about the displayed 18th-and 19th-century printings of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which are presented alongside the fourth most important document in America's history: George Washington's 1783 Resignation Speech. Together they tell the story of the formation of the United States from the patriotic ideals fought for in the Revolutionary War to the democratic principles of the Founding Generation in their creation of our government. 

Historic Annapolis Docents will be available for a guided exhibition experience at the Maryland State House on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 10 am to 12 pm and again from 1 pm to 3 pm.


Cost: Free
Photo ID is required to enter the State House

Please Note: The wearing of masks in public areas of the Maryland State House is mandatory.


Group Tours

Historic Annapolis is pleased to offer a variety of options to suit your needs for a group tour. Whether you are a private club scheduling an outing, an educator looking for a field trip opportunity, or just a group of like-minded history fans, we can assist in curating the best experience for you. 

Contact: 
Janet Hall, Visitor Services Manager
grouptours@annapolis.org
410.990.4514