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The 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.

Tour Times
Monday through Friday on the hour from 10 am to 3 pm beginning in the State House Annex.
1st and 3rd Saturday of each month on the hour from 12pm to 3pm beginning in the State House Annex.
Closed Sundays and State holidays.

Tours are approximately an hour in length.

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.

Before you call to book a tour, be prepared to answer the following questions:
  • Name of group or organization
  • Contact phone number and mailing address
  • Contact e-mail address and cell phone (if available)
  • Approximate number in your group
  • Multiple dates when your group is available to visit the State House
  • Earliest possible time you could comfortably arrive in Trenton, and latest possible time you would need to leave Trenton
  • Any special mobility or learning needs that the tour guide should know about in advance of the tour
A confirmation e-mail 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 return it 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:

If you require any additional information, call the Office of Legislative Services Tour Office at 609-847-3150.

Cancellations and/or Inclement Weather
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.

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.

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
The Governor and legislators do not routinely greet tour groups.

Visitors with Disabilities
In response to the Americans with Disabilities Act, every effort has been made to accommodate visitors with special needs. A tour for the blind and visually impaired employs tactile aids so visitors can participate in a hands-on experience. Sign language interpreters are available for persons with hearing loss. Both tour offerings need to be arranged in advance by calling the Tour Office at 609-847-3150. The Information For Visitors With Special Needs brochure provides further details. To obtain hard copies, call the Office of Legislative Services, Office of Public Information at 609-847-3130.

Additional Visitor Services

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.

Welcome Center
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 through Friday.

State House Cafe
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.

Gift Shop
The State House does not have a gift shop. Souvenirs are available for purchase at the State Museum, Old Barracks Museum and Trent House.

Other Trenton Destinations
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)
Trent House (609-989-3027)
Trenton City Museum (609-989-1191)
Old Barracks Museum (609-396-1776)

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.

The 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.

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