Office of Legislative Services, Office of Public Information,
offers guided tours of the State House for the public.
Groups of 10 or more must have advanced reservations.
Staff and volunteer tour guides escort visitors through
the building, explaining its history, art and architecture.
Visitors also learn about the legislative process and
their representatives who work here. Typical tours include
the Senate and General Assembly chamber galleries, a conference
room, the rotunda, and Governor's Reception Office.
Monday through Friday on the hour from 10 am to3 pm
1st and 3rd Saturday of each month on the hour from 12pm
Closed Sundays and State holidays.
are approximately an hour in length.
you call to book a tour, be prepared to answer the following
Tour availability is limited - especially in the spring
- so reservations should be made as far in advance as possible.
Reservations are only required for groups of 10
or more. Reservations can be made by calling the
Tour Office at 609-847-3150 between the hours of 8:30 am
and 5:00 pm.
of group or organization
phone number and mailing address
e-mail address and cell phone (if available)
number in your group
dates when your group is available to visit the State
possible time you could comfortably arrive in Trenton,
and latest possible time you would need to leave Trenton
special mobility or learning needs that the tour guide
should know about in advance of the tour
Approximately six weeks prior to your program date, the
Tour Office will mail you a confirmation letter. The letter
will include information about your tour and parking. The
confirmation will also include a Publication Request Order
Form. In you are interested in receiving any of the Tour
Office’s FREE publications, please
fill out that form and mail/fax it back to the Tour Office.
The order will be filled and ready for pick up on the day
of your tour. Individuals can also download these publications
in PDF formats from the legislative website: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/kids/materials.asp
you require any additional information, call the Office
of Legislative Services Tour Office at 609-847-3150.
and Inclement Weather for Reservations
Please report cancellations as soon as possible. Many of
our tours are led by volunteers, and as a courtesy, we need
to alert them of changes to the schedule in a timely manner.
If the State House closes due to inclement weather, a staff
member will call the contact person on your reservation.
groups that would like to reschedule, the Tour Office staff
will do our best to find another date and time that is convenient
for your group.
All visitors and guests to the State House over the age
of 18 must be prepared to show photo identification. All
visitors and guests regardless of age are required to go
through a security screening. Self-guided tours are not
permitted at the State House.
Meeting the Governor or Legislators
While the Governor and legislators work at the State House,
they do not routinely greet tour groups.
In response to the Americans with Disabilities Act, every
effort has been made to accommodate legislators, legislative
staff and visiting constituents with special needs. The
New Jersey Capitol Complex: Information
For Visitors With Special Needs brochure provides further
details. To obtain hard copies, call the Office of Legislative
Services, Office of Public Information 609-847-3130.
Limited free parking is available in the State House Garage.
It is accessed from the rear entrance to the Capitol Complex,
off Route 29. Proceed to the guard booth and have picture
ID ready to gain access to the garage.
Metered, on-street parking is available along West State
Street. Several pay lots are located within walking distance.
Handicap parking is available on West State Street in front
of the State House and Annex and across the street from
the State House.
The State House Welcome Center is located in the Annex adjacent
to the parking garage and houses interactive exhibits about
the legislative process and the history of the State House.
Ample rest rooms, drinking fountains, and information assistance
are located here as well. The Welcome Center is open Monday
A cafeteria adjacent to the parking garage offers a full
service grill, deli and salad bar. It is open weekdays from
7:30 am to 3 pm. Reservations for groups are required. For
more information, call 609-777-4308.
small concession stand located in the State House basement
Bag Lunch Facility
A group brown-bag lunch space is available in a nearby facility.
Advance reservations are required and may be arranged by
calling the Tour Office at call 609-847-3150.
The State House does not have a gift shop. Souvenirs are
available for purchase at the State Museum, Old Barracks
Museum and Trent House.
Tours and programs at other nearby attractions can further
your visitors' appreciation of State and local history.
Each organization must be contacted separately to make tour
State Museum (609-292-6464) http://www.state.nj.us/state/museum/
Trent House (609-989-3027) http://www.williamtrenthouse.org/
Trenton City Museum (609-989-1191) http://ellarslie.org/
Old Barracks Museum (609-396-1776) http://www.barracks.org/
In addition to these sites, groups can visit the Petty's
Run Archaeological Site between the State House
and the Old Barracks and the World War II Memorial
across the street from the State House without any cost
or advanced reservation.
Trenton Visitor's Center (609-777-1770) provides
a full complement of materials useful for planning a trip
to the capital city, including information on performing
arts venues, local sporting events and dining options.
New Jersey Office of Legislative