Take the time to wander the main floor - lot's of history to absorb and the architecture is... read more
The truth is that it will depend on your level of interest in the history that the building represents. It is the oldest continuously operating state house in the country. The Governor & Lt. Governor have offices on the... More
The truth is that it will depend on your level of interest in the history that the building represents. It is the oldest continuously operating state house in the country. The Governor & Lt. Governor have offices on the second floor, though you probably won't get in there. When you first walk in there is a grand entry way that serves as a gathering space for visitors and lobbyists. Immediately to your left is a hallway leading to the office of the President of the Senate, and to your right is a hallway leading to the office of the Speaker of the House. If you move forward into the lobby, to your left will be the new Senate Chamber and to your right will be the House of Delegates Chamber. You can't go onto the floor of these rooms, but you can observe them from behind the ropes at the entry to each room. The legislature is currently in its 90-day session, so if you go at the right times, you can see all of the excitement and feel the energy as visitors come to observe and lobbyist work to meet with legislators before they go into the chambers. If they are in session while you are there, you can go tot he second floor and go into the observation seating above each chamber. Other things of interest in the State House are the Old Senate Chamber, which has been renovated and is now open, the Silver Room, the Calvert Room, and much more. If you are truly interested in something like the silver in the Silver Room, then you might spend more time than others. There is a visitor center in the State House as well, which I believe also has general Annapolis tourism information so you can make a whole day of the town if you would like to. You can Google Maryland State House to get information on the building itself, including a virtual tour and information about a self-guided tour. You can also Google State House Map to get a map of the government buildings in the area so you know how to get to other buildings you might want to visit. You can visit the Senate and House office buildings which are close to the State House. In these buildings are the offices of the Senators and Delegates as well as meeting and committee rooms, where the various committees meet and hear testimony on bills that have been introduced. Be aware that all of the buildings have metal detectors and photo ID is required for entry. State Police and Department of General Services Police are on duty in these buildings at all times. I hope you have a wonderful visit!!! Best wishes.