Free tours and programs at the New Jersey State House are suitable for students from kindergarten through college and for students with special visual or auditory needs. Below is a brief description of several age-appropriate programs. Contact the Tour Office at 609-847-3150 for assistance with any of these educational programs and outreach offerings. You may also visit their website.
Visiting school groups for grades 4-12 may receive funds to help offset their transportation costs through the State House Express program. Click here for more on that program.
K -2: The youngest visitors are invited to take a Symbols Tour to explore the many symbols found in the State House and learn how they are used to represent our government and State.
3-6: These tours are designed to meet the civic curriculum needs for students learning about their government. Your class will visit the Senate and General Assembly chambers to learn how laws are made and the citizen’s role in the process. The tour program staff strongly suggest adding a Make-A-Law! program where students assume the role of lawmakers and learn the process of bill passage by demonstrating the skills of debate, negotiation and compromise.
8-12: In addition to standard tour content, tour guides can expand upon legislative activity and organization. The Make-A-Law! program provides an opportunity for students to learn the process of bill passage by discussing an age-appropriate and topical bill currently pending in the Legislature.
College: Tour content can be tailored to satisfy a course of study or interest. Options include an in-depth exploration of legislative organization and the lawmaking process, art and architecture, and observing legislative activity including committee meetings and voting sessions.
Blind and visually impaired: The State House Tour Office provides a tactile tour for students who are blind or visually impaired with a hands-on experience in learning how laws are made and the citizen’s role in the process. Students in grades 4 to 12 may also partake in a Make-A-Law! program.
Deaf and hard of hearing: The State House Tour office provides sign language interpreters for students who are deaf or with hearing impairments. Interpreters are available with a minimum of five business-days’ notice. Students in grades 4 to 12 may also partake in a Make-A-Law! program.
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