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Supreme Court

First Street NE, Washington DC, DC 20003 (National Mall)
202 479 3211
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Ranked #43 of 260 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Government Buildings, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A Corinthian-style building where the final guardians of the Constitution deliberate.
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St. Louis, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 NEW

During a recent trip to the DC area, my partner and I had to check out all of the historic buildings and monuments we have heard about and see on TV. The US Supreme Court was of course one of them... The Supreme Court is located on First St NE, just across from the front side of the US Capitol... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

On a recent trip to Washington DC I wanted to see a group of buildings that I had never had a chance to see previously. The Supreme Court building was one of them. Very, very impressive to see in person. We didn't attempt to enter (I don't believe tours were available on Saturday) but definitely very impressive to see up... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Not an easy stop to schedule (Court must be in session, on the right day within session-they hear cases only Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and either mud morning or early afternoon). Wait time for stand-by seating can be long (without a guaranteed seat even), but fascinating to see our system at work. The acoustics are great (for those with hearing... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We hadn't really thought about it too much before, but as a result of visits we made to various Attractions this year, it registered with us that the Supreme Court has, since the days of U.S. Independence, been based in a number of different locations. For example, in Philadelphia, we noted that the Court, in its very early days, had,... More

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Inver Grove Hei
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The building is beautiful and impressive. The courtroom was surprisingly intimate, although still grand with high ceilings and classic columns, etc. Because it does not seat very many people, it's necessary to stand in line for hours and hope to enter. Watching the court in session was incredibly interesting--the justices were very engaged.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Worth seeing, just for historic reasons, but don't expect a lot out of this building, Much more impressive on the outside. Courtroom itself is less than impressive. Displays are simple and boring. Don't allocate much time here. Much better to dedicate more time to visit the Library of Congress next door. Might be better if I had attended the free... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

One of my highlights of my visit to DC, was such an experience to sit in the court for 30 mins and be given a lecture on its history, the volunteer who gave the lecture was really good and she allowed plenty for times for questions check before if the court is in session as only lectures when court is... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The Supreme Court is the highest court in the land and has been housed since 1935 in a classical marble building. On the first floor you have the Great Hall and the Courtroom. Another impressive building. That seems to be the same all over Washington

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I hadn't realized that the actual court was so intimate. The speaker who explained the workings of the court used a microphone , which made it difficult for me to understand most of what was said, unfotunately. Nevertheless, just being in the courtroom was an experience.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

While the outside of the building is very impressive, the inside was not really that impressive to us. There also wasn't much in the way of exhibits. The court also was not in session. Not a coequal to the other branches of government when it comes to the interior of their buildings.

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