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The Maryland State House, with its distinctive, towering wooden dome, has watched over the citizens of Annapolis and the State of Maryland since 1772.
The State House has been the center of Maryland's government since the colonial period, making it the oldest state capital still in continuous legislative use. The Maryland General Assembly, consisting of the State Senate and the House of Delegates, debate and enact bills and laws within its walls, while the presence of the governor's offices in the State House also make it the center of the state's executive power.
The State House's dome was built entirely from wood – making it the largest in the nation to be built in this manner.
The Senate Chamber features portraits of Maryland's four signers of the Declaration of Independence while the House features portraits of past speakers.
The Maryland State House is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It is closed on Christmas Day and no tours are given on Thanksgiving Day or New Year's Day.
The State House Visitors' Center is open daily, and tours normally are given at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. For tour information and arrangements, please contact the State House Visitors' Center at (410) 974-3400.