New Jersey Capitol & State Museum
Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
192Trip End Oct 14, 2011
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After spending a little time with my mom, I headed for the New Jersey Capitol. Unlike any of the others I've been to, which is most of them, at the New Jersey visitors are only allowed to enter the building when they are on a tour. I made an appointment for a tour and then wandered across the street to talk with the Occupy people.
When it was time for my tour I went back to the capitol, went through the security check and joined the tour. I normally go on tours but I don't normally take picture while I'm on the tour unless the tour goes somewhere that I can't get to on my own. Unfortunately, the entire building is somewhere I can't get to on my own so I had to take pictures. I hate to hold people up so I didn't take very many. There are a couple attractive rooms but it's quite a step down from the Pennsylvania Capitol.
The original building is quite old. They claim it is the second oldest State House in continuous use in the U.S., although I'm always suspicious of claims like that. It was first built in 1792 but it has been expanded by every generation. With all the other buildings that have been built around the original building it's hard to find a place where you can get a view of the dome. After the tour I took some pictures outside and found a spot where you get a peek at the dome. I think the best view is probably from across the river in Pennsylvania.
I then went to the New Jersey State Museum, which is nearby. The collection is a strange mix of Archaeology, Fine Art, Natural History and History. They also have a planetarium but it wasn't open while I was there.
When I was done touring the museum I drove to Albany and found a room for the night.