• Parking & Accessibility
BUILDING & GROUNDS
• History of the State House
• Fossils of the Maine State Capitol
• Security screening
• Performers at the House of Representatives
• Activities in the Hall of Flags
ARTWORK & EXHIBITS
• Historical portraits
• Arts in the Capitol
To get to the State House from I-95, take Exit 30 and travel east on route 202 (Western Avenue). After Friendly's Restaurant, and just before Dunkin' Donuts, turn right onto Sewall Street, then left at the light, onto Capitol Street. The State House is located at the intersection of State and Capitol streets. See parking information below.
PARKING & ACCESSIBILITY
Free public parking is located in front of the Cross Office Building, accessible from Sewall Street, and in the multilevel parking garage on the corner of Capitol and Sewell Streets (see tan areas blocked off on the map above). There are several additional smaller lots, northeast of the parking garage, near the Blaine House, on Wade and Grove Streets.
Handicapped parking spaces are located between the State House and the Cross Office Building and on the Capitol Street side of the west entrance. There are additional spaces on the lower levels of the parking garage and near the north end of the Cross Office Building lot. The public entrance to the State House is on the back, facing the Cross Office Building. The State House may also be accessed through the connecting tunnel from inside the Cross Office Building. There are elevators at all levels. Please check at the Information Desk just inside the public entrance if you have any questions.
Please be aware that security procedures are now in place for all visitors to the State House. Maine Capitol Police are conducting entry screening, similar to airport screening procedures, of all visitors to the Maine State House.
To expedite the screening process, please:
- arrive early for your State House tour to allow time for the screening process; time needed for the screening process will vary depending on other activities in the building;
- if possible, start a large group's visit to the State House Complex at the Maine State Museum where you can leave lunches and bags in the bins provided, or in the museum's coat room;
- if your group is going directly to the State House, please leave lunches, bags, unnecessary metal objects, and other personal belongings on the bus or in your car; and
- remember that cell phones, keys, and other personal belongs brought into the State House will be screened by an x-ray machine.
Tours for visitors or students are available from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information and scheduling call (207) 287-2301.
A complete inventory of historical portraits found throughout the State House is kept in the collection of the Law and Legislative Reference Library. It is included in their online catalog. Information about the portraits found in the Library is available on their website.
ARTS IN THE CAPITOL
Arts in the Capitol is a rotating exhibit of work from Maine's visual artists. It is administered by the Maine Arts Commission. Work is exhibited in the State House, Cross Office Building, the Blaine House and the offices of the Maine Arts Commission.
Site Index Updated 12/11/2012