of Legislative Services Tour Office offers FREE
programs and tours at the State House. Our trained staff and volunteers
provide tours and programs that match school curriculum and bring
the lessons of the classroom to life in our State's capitol!
programs and tours does the Tour Office provide?
3-12 • Monday-Friday
Attendance limit: 50
Length: 60 minutes
Visit the Senate and General Assembly Chambers and view historic spaces, art and architecture. Students learn how laws are made and the citizenís role in the process.
K-2 • Monday-Friday
Attendance limit: 25
Length: 40 minutes
Explore the many symbols found in the State House and learn how they are used to represent our government and State.
For Visitors with Visual Impairments
Grades 3-12 • Monday-Friday
Attendance limit: 15
Length: 75 minutes
A tactile tour for students who are blind and visually impaired provides a hands-on experience for learning how laws are made and the citizenís role in the process.
3-12 • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Attendance limit: 45
Minimum attendance: 15
Length: 30 minutes
Students assume the role of lawmakers and learn the process
of bill passage by demonstrating the skills of debate,
negotiation, and compromise.
my students get to meet the Governor or legislators during our
The Governor and legislators do not routinely greet school groups.
How do I book a tour or educational program?
Tour and program availability is limited - especially in the
spring. Reservations should be made as far in advance as possible.
It is possible to book tours and programs as far as a year in
To ensure the most meaningful experience possible, the Tour Office
cannot accommodate more than 50 people on the State House
Tour and no more than 45 people in the Make-A-Law! program. If
your group is larger than the maximum people allowed, the Tour
Office will do our best to provide multiple programs or tours
to accommodate the size of your group.
In order to accommodate all guests,
individual visitors may be added to your school group.
Before you call to book a tour, be prepared with the
phone number and mailing address
e-mail address and cell phone (if available)
number of students in your group and number of adults in your
of program(s) you wish to schedule
dates when your group is available to visit the State House
possible time you could comfortably arrive in Trenton, and latest
possible time you would need to leave Trenton to return to school
special mobility or learning needs that the tour guide should
know about in advance of the tour
Tour Office staff is eager to help you plan your school’s
field trip to the State House. Reservations can be made by calling
the Tour Office at 609-847-3150 between the hours of 8:30 am and
I receive any confirmation about the booked tours/program?
A confirmation email will include information
about your tour, programs, publication material, and bus parking
What should I do if I need to cancel or reschedule my reservation?
Please report cancellations as soon as possible. The majority
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. For
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. The more lead-time available, the better the chance
that we will be able to reschedule your reservation.
What happens in the event of inclement weather?
If your school happens to close due to inclement weather on the
day of your reservation, 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 our best
to find another date and time to reschedule your group.
the Tour Office provide any educational pre- or post-visit materials?
The Tour Office provides several FREE publications
for school groups. Teachers can download these publications in
PDF formats from the legislative website:
The publications can also be ordered by filling out the Publication
Request Order Form that accompanies every confirmation. 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
Are there any grants available to help cover the cost
of transportation to Trenton?
Yes. The Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University
administers a grant program targeted at helping Middle and High
School students visit the State House. The grant is funded by
the New Jersey State Legislature and provides schools with funds
to help pay for the cost of transportation. More information can
be found at:
The New Jersey State Museum also offers program scholarships and
bus stipends. Qualifying schools may be eligible to receive a
stipend to help defray the cost of transportation to the Museum
and Trenton as well as the possibility of having Museum program
fees waived. More information can be found at:
Does the State House have a gift shop?
No. Souvenirs are available for purchase at the State Museum,
Old Barracks Museum, and Trent House.
What other activities can I plan for my Trenton field trip?
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 plans.
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.
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