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Tour and program availability is limited - especially in the spring. Reservations should be made as far in advance as possible.
To ensure a safe and meaningful experience, tour groups are limited to 50 people and Make-A-Law! programs are limited to 35, with a minimum of 15 participants. If your group is larger, we will arrange for multiple programs or tours.
Before you call to book a tour, please be prepared with the following information:
Reservations can be made by calling the Tour Office at 609-847-3150 between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm.
Yes. A confirmation email will include information about your tour, programs, publication material, and bus parking information.
All programs and tours are offered free of charge.
Outdoor picnic tables are available on a first come, first served basis at the New Jersey State Museum.
Older students and adults are to pass through a magnetometer. All bags, including lunches and backpacks, are subject to inspection and/or electronic screening and therefore are discouraged. Full security guidelines are sent as part of tour confirmation materials. All adults must have a photo ID to enter the Capitol Complex.
The Tour Office provides several free publications for school groups. Publications also can be ordered by submitting the Publication Request Order Form included in confirmation materials. The order will be ready when you arrive for your tour.
The Governor and legislators do not routinely greet visiting school groups at the capitol. You can invite your legislator to your school by contacting them directly. You can find your legislators on the New Jersey Legislature website.
Please report cancellations directly to the Tour Office as soon as possible. For groups that would like to reschedule, the Tour Office staff will do their best to make other arrangements. The more advance notice, the more options for rescheduling.
If your school closes due to inclement weather on the day of your trip, please call the Tour Office as soon as possible. If the State House closes due to inclement weather, a staff member will call the contact person on your reservation. Under both circumstances, the Tour Office staff will do their best to find another date and time to reschedule your group.
No. 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 appreciation of state and local history. Each organization must be contacted separately to make tour plans.
Information about these and other local sites is available on the Local Attractions page.
Noteworthy sites on the State House grounds are highlighted on the Around the State House page.
The State House Tour Program operates under the auspices of the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services Office of Public Information, which prides itself on providing accurate and unbiased information pertaining to the New Jersey Legislature.
As of March 22, 2022, all Covid-19 restrictions, including proof of vaccination, have been lifted from the State House Complex.