Tips to make your trip affordable and convenient

Funding opportunities

The Rutgers University Eagleton Institute provides a $300 State House Express grant to eligible middle school and high school teachers to help pay for bus rental costs for field trips to the State House. For more information, visit

The New Jersey State Museum offers qualifying schools (with a 40 percent or higher participation in a free lunch program) bus stipends as well as the possibility of having program fees waived. For an application or additional information, call 609-292-6310.



Bus parking is available at the Perry Street Parking lot (approximately four blocks from West State Street). Note that buses can stay on Perry Street until your group is ready to depart Trenton because all of the organizations along West State Street are within walking distance of each other.



An indoor brown bag lunch facility is located in the Department of State building, 225 West State Street, next to the State Museum`. The space is free but reservations are required and can be made by calling the New Jersey State House Tour Office at 609-847-3150. Hours are Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (closed state holidays and during summer break). Lunch times are set.

On weather appropriate days, school groups are welcome to eat on the Capitol Complex grounds.

What educators are saying…

New Jersey State Museum


“Thank you so much for arranging an “awesome” trip….The kids were enthralled by the dinosaur program (as was I) and the Planetarium Show was a huge hit! Thanks again to you and your entire staff. We had a great time!”

New Jersey State House


“Our tour guide did a wonderful job and was so patient and warm with the students. I can tell she truly enjoys sharing her knowledge, especially with kids. Thank you!”

Old Barracks Museum


“The Old Barracks provides a valuable and most memorable experience for all our students. The authenticity and setting explain more about colonial times than any of us could try to explain. How fortunate we are to have this in our state!”