Visit the House
The House of Assembly Chamber is located on the main floor of the Confederation Building (East Block) on Prince Philip Drive, St. John's.
Visitors may watch the House proceedings from the Public Galleries whenever the House is in session. The House usually sits from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. The Parliamentary Calendar provides that the House shall ordinarily meet in the Winter/Spring from the second Monday in March with a break for Easter, and in the Fall for a minimum of four weeks adjourning not later than one week before Christmas.
Rules for Visitors
- Before entering the galleries, visitors must walk through a metal detector at the 3rd floor entrance
- All cameras, packages, umbrellas, bags (other than small handbags) must be deposited with the attendant
- Visitors are not permitted to smoke, read books or papers, draw or write, stand in or behind the galleries
- Use of cameras, tape recorders, radios or electronic devices is prohibited
- Display of banners, signs or placards is prohibited
- Visitors must abstain from applause or making any interruption or annoyance
Tours of the House of Assembly are free.
When the House is not in Session tours are available Monday to Friday (excluding Statutory Holidays). Advance arrangements are recommended.
School classes and groups are welcome when the House is in Session. Tours are scheduled in the mornings only from Monday to Thursday. Tours are available morning or afternoon on a Friday when the House is in Session. School and group tours must be arranged in advance to ensure availability. Students and groups interested in viewing live proceedings of the House of Assembly must proceed to the public gallery by 1:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday and by 1:30 pm on Wednesdays.
Call 729-3670 for more information or to make advance arrangements for school tours or large groups.
Gifts in the Chamber
When the Province of Newfoundland joined the Canadian Confederation in 1949, each Province gave the following gifts:
|Prince Edward Island||The Speaker's Gavel||Photo|
|Nova Scotia||Chair for the Clerk's Table||Photo|
|New Brunswick||Chair for the Clerk's Table||Photo|
|Ontario||The Speaker's Chair||Photo|
|Manitoba||A clock displayed over the entrance to the Chamber||Photo|
|Saskatchewan||The Sergeant-at-Arms' sword||Photo|
|British Columbia||The Mace||Photo|
|Quebec||Clerks Table with the Coat of Arms||Photo|
|Alberta||Shield/Coat of Arms over the Speaker's Chair||Photo|