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Supreme Court

First Street NE, Washington DC, DC 20003 (National Mall)
202 479 3211
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Ranked #38 of 253 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Do your best to schedule this visit on a day that an argument will be taking place or court is scheduled. I was unimpressed how few days were scheduled for arguments. See the website. Otherwise, it's just an interesting building (or do your homework ahead of time and talk to your kids about some of the infamous decisions that have... More

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Toronto, Canada
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

It is a nice place to visit and take pictures (specially from outside). They have a free tour that I recommend to take. Basically they explain how the Supreme Court works and how important is this institution for the system.

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Clearwater, Florida
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Make sure to check if court is in session, you will not be able to see the courtroom if they are. There are many exhibits in the building you can check out even if you can't see the courtroom. The building is an easy visit in addition to the Library of Congress and the Capitol.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is a very cool experience, especially if you're fortunate enough to be able to be there on a trial day! Enjoy your visit and be sure to spend some time at the museum!

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Kansas City
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12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

When the Supreme Court is not in session, you aren't allowed to see the courtroom. This was disappointing. They do have a lot of displays about the history, however.

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

My wife and I visited the Supreme Court building while taking a tour of the Washington D.C. Area. The U.S. Supreme Court is an interesting place to visit and many people do not realize that it is open to the public. The Court was originally located in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. In 1935, the current U.S. Supreme Court... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Yes, you can actually access the Supreme Court building! I did not know that until I checked in on Yelp, and unlike the two other branches of the US government (US Capitol and the White House), Supreme Court requires no reservation to enter. It seems like not many people know that you can enter this building so it is not... More

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Northborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Every American should visit the U. S. Supreme Court at least once. Not everyone may be aware, though, that once a day the Court offers a 30 minute Courtroom Talk on the history and workings of the Court. It is presented by a member of the Archives staff, is free, and is presented in the Courtroom itself. We have taken... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

It's such an important part of American life. Take a few moments to see a courtroom without being in one to fight a ticket or something!

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Louisville, KY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

As a lawyer myself, this was not a trip we were going to miss. That very building many years ago had inspired me to consider law as a profession. We headed over after our Capitol tour and lunch. We started with the film in the lower level and the very well done museum on that level. This was not there... More

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