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Visitor FAQs

Is the State House open during the renovation project?

Yes! While the front portion of the building — namely the Rotunda and Governor’s Office — are closed, the legislative chambers and other significant interior spaces are accessible. Tours start in the historic Annex which houses impressive legislative committee rooms.

Where is the State House located?

The State House is located at 125 West State Street in Trenton. Tours begin in the adjacent State House Annex located at 145 West State Street.

Is parking available?

Limited free parking is available in the capitol parking garage on weekdays. It is accessed from the rear entrance to the Capitol Complex, off Route 29. Proceed to the guard booth and have a 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. Parking for wheelchair users is available on West State Street and in the garage.

On Saturdays, free parking is available in the surface lot at Barracks and Lafayette Streets, at the rear of the State House and adjacent to the Old Barracks Museum.

Visit our directions page for more information.

Where does the tour start?

Tours begin in the State House Annex.

What is the admission cost?

All tours are offered free of charge.

Are self-guided tours available?

No, self-guided tours are not available. Staff and volunteer tour guides escort visitors through the building, explaining its history, art and architecture, and the legislative process.

Are reservations needed?

Reservations are not needed for groups with fewer than 10 people. For groups larger than 10, please call the Tour Office to schedule a reservation at 609-847-3150.

What are the tour times?

Tours are offered Monday through Friday on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, on the hour from noon to 3 p.m. All tours begin in the State House Annex.

The State House is closed Sundays and State holidays, including: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Election Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. (Please note that holidays occurring on a Saturday are observed on the preceding Friday and holidays occurring on a Sunday are observed on Monday.)

What will I see on the tour?

You will see the legislative portion of the State House which includes the General Assembly and Senate Chambers, and other significant interior spaces. Visit the highlights and facilities page for more information.

Are there any special tours?

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Public Buildings Arts Inclusion Act, a special tour showcases impressive artwork incorporated into the State House and Annex buildings. The tour is available on Fridays at 1:30 p.m., and on the first and third Saturday in October 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to mention specific interests when booking a tour. Visitors working toward scouting badges, should inform their tour guide.

Is photography allowed?

Photography for personal use is allowed.

Can I have my wedding pictures taken at the State House?

Designated areas on the capitol grounds are available for wedding photography. To obtain a permit and for more information, contact a representative of the Public Use Program at 609-847-3135.

How do you accommodate people with special needs?

The Tour Office strives to accommodate guests with special needs. Please call the Tour Office at 609-847-3150 for specific arrangements or click here for more information.

Will I get to meet the Governor or legislators?

The Governor and legislators do not routinely greet visitors. You can find contact information for your legislator here.

Does the State House have a gift shop?

No. Souvenirs are available for purchase at the State Museum, Old Barracks Museum and Trent House.

Where can I eat?

A small café operates on the premises with hours weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors are allowed to use the café seating for outside food, space permitting. A vending machine area is also located in the State House basement. Additional casual eateries are located on West State Street. Picnicking on the grounds is permitted.

What else is there to see nearby?

Our capital city is rich in historic sites and cultural attractions. Information about these and other local sites of interest is available here.

State Museum (609-292-6464) www.state.nj.us/state/museum
Old Barracks Museum (609-396-1776) www.barracks.org
Trent House (609-989-3027) www.williamtrenthouse.org
Trenton City Museum (609-989-1191) www.ellarslie.org

Do you participate in the Capitol Collector program?

Yes, we can stamp your passport or provide an individual souvenir postcard to memorialize your visit to the New Jersey State House.

How do I contact the Tour Office?

Staff is available to answer questions at 609-847-3150 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. The e-mail address is njstatehousetours@njleg.org.

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