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Supreme Court

First Street NE, Washington DC, DC 20003 (National Mall)
202 479 3211
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Ranked #46 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
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Type: Government Buildings
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: Website: http://www.suprem...  Visiting hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays... more »
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Waterloo, Canada
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249 reviews 249 reviews
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305 helpful votes 305 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Beautiful building inside and out, and not very crowded, which is always welcome. There are lectures available in the main hall. On Mondays and Wednesdays it's possible to sit in on the trials. The spiral staircase was my favourite part - although it's too bad that it's boarded off, so you can only lean in to see it, rather than... More

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Denver, Colorado
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Though it was spring break when we visited the court was far less busy than it's neighbor the capitol. The lower level exhibits, the wonderful movie and the hourly talk given by the curators when oral arguments are not being heard were so informative. Allow an hour and a half.

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New Jersey
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58 reviews 58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We visited the Supreme Court on a day when the court is not hearing any cases. There are lectures given by the docent every hour on the half hour. The lecture takes place inside the courtroom, which is a great site. The docent explains what kind of cases are usually accepted, how the oral argument works, and what happens after... More

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Hooksett NH
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111 reviews 111 reviews
22 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

In order to join a tour you must secure a reservation through your member of congress or senator. No walking in and joining a tour. The tours are only in the afternoon unless court is not in session that day. You sit in the courtroom gallery and a presenter does a 35 minute story on the U.S. Supreme Court followed... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Beautiful building. Went on the tour really informative and enjoyed it. Don't miss the twin spiral stair cases, pretty neat!

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Israel, Jerusalem
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159 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

The building is just impressive with the respectful vibes it has around it. walking through the main hall or just witnessing the courtrooms where so many important decisions were made... we didn'r get to take the tour but you can check most of the court by yourself with the self guided map and the exhibitions downstairs. I loved the first... More

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Lufkin, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

There are court talks every hour on the half hour, but if you aren't there in time for that, there's not too much to see. There is one hallway with some exhibits and there is a cool spiral staircase that you can look at, but you can't even see the court if the talk is already in there.

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Dallas, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

Loved this visit. Incredible architecture. Stunning! A walk down the marble hallway leading up to the courtroom itself. We couldn't stay to hear the lecture...but we were awestruck by the building itself!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I loved this building! Good educational displays in the main corridor. Try to see the court in session, even the three minute visit is worth the security hassles. Another benefit is the cafeteria in the lower level. Nice place for a break, and centrally located to other venues.

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glasgow
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83 reviews 83 reviews
21 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Another must see tourist attraction and perfect stop after visiting congress (it's just across the road). Definitely try to get the tour inside and if not its still worth going to see considering the history made in that building.

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