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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 248 attractions in Washington DC
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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North Ridgeville, Ohio
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Families must know that there is a in-expensive cafeteria in the basement that is open to the public. Make sure you take advantage of the lecture in the actual courtroom on the 1/2 hours, you'll learn a lot!

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

There was a short wait inside the building. Then a 30 min "tour" sitting inside the Supreme Court. It was very informative and the guide was great! Sitting in the room where such great cases had been argued was really neat. The building is so impressive and beautiful. A must see!!

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Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
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165 reviews 165 reviews
106 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We hiked up the hill in 97 degree heat to hear a speaker at the Supreme Court. We got through security and waited for the elevator to take us up in the interest of time. No elevator came so we took the stairs. We got to the door of the lecture literally one minute after it started. The security guy... More

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Ohio, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This was a last minute stop for us. We looked through the small visitor center area (not much to see) and then went up stairs for a tour of the actual court room (last tour of the day). The docent we had was really knowledgeable and made it interesting to learn about the supreme court. You are not allowed to... More

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Chicago, NW burbs
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82 reviews 82 reviews
28 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We had high expectations, and were really looking forward to the tour (scheduled many months in advance). But we didn't need to schedule (others just walked in off the street), and our docent was horrible - some 'valley girl' who just giggled through the entire presentation. Interesting architecture, and a lot of history behind the Court, but just not a... More

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Madrid, Spain
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104 reviews 104 reviews
22 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Combine the Supreme Court with the Capitol and next door Library of Congress for a US institutional blowout ! In the Courtroom Chamber we listened to a fascinating 30 min explanation by a lively and entertaining intern of the workings of the Supreme Court and its history. These lectures take place every hour (on the half hour) when the court... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Family of 5 enjoyed the tour. 30 minute presentation inside the courtroom was just enough information. Cafeteria has decent food too.

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28 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The tour itself just takes you into the actual Supreme Court courtroom to sit in the spectator seats while a very well informed docent shares the history of the US Supreme Court and the building itself. The tour is simply fascinating. I would definitely like to have another opportunity to do it again. To participate you must contact your local... More

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Hayward, California
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130 reviews 130 reviews
32 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I was drawn to this building from all the media reports of people standing outside to await the decision from the highest court in the Nation. It was under construction when we arrived. You wait in queue for each group to enter the Chambers. No photos in the Courtroom are allowed. Photos are allowed in the 1st floor lobby. If... More

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Bellevue, Washington
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203 reviews 203 reviews
57 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Such an interesting visit to see where our nation's highest court holds session. The tour inside the courtroom was fascinating, the docent was very knowledgeable and answered many questions. Anyone who has studied even a small amount of US history would enjoy this. It's also free (well, your taxes paid for it).

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