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Supreme Court: Tours & Tickets

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A Corinthian-style building where the final guardians of the Constitution deliberate.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
First Street NE, Washington DC, DC 20003
National Mall
+1 202-479-3211
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was a sizzling Monday in the Nations Capital June 2018. I happen to be touring DC on the day Justice Kennedy announced his retirement from the bench. A vacancy in the Supreme Court is a big deal There was a lot of buzz about...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank jdavidhillery
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I took my 17 year old high school senior Herr last week. Getting in is brutal but well worth the effort. It’s unfortunate that the Court isn’t more accessible but I strongly encourage a visit. Here’s how it works. You must arrive and be in...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank SidMaxwell
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm a lawyer so I thought I would drop by for a minute and wasn't expecting much. Boy, was I wrong! Those imposing columns in the front? The oversized columns are carried over into the hall in front of the courtroom. I went on two...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Paula R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The architecture is impressive and the scale of the building cannot be judged from photographs. Inside there are informative displays on the history of the court and some more impressive architecture to enjoy. The highlight was sitting in the courtroom itself hearing a very informative...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank judwil61
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful building, only a few displays but very interesting. They had a wonderful lecture inside the court on how the court decides which cases to take and the meaning of the architecture in the room. They also have a movie interviewing the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Deb M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The lecture here is very enjoyable. The security is not too onerous. The cafe is a good place to grab a bite before moving on to your next location.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank mark71901
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hard to believe that this spectacular building is "just" for nine people. There is so much history within these walls, plus the artitecture is spectacular. Highly recommend to all DC visitors and residents.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Ron G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is not a lot to see here as only the main chamber is open to tour and a brief court history exhibit.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank AAS
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited Supreme Court as part of a night tour. It was not open, but it was very elegant and well lit for photos.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 696mccoyow
Reviewed October 12, 2019

The highest court of the land is open to tourists. Visiting hours are normal business hours. While they have a gift shop and a cafeteria, you are not allowed to take photos or video (for logical security reasons). Surprisingly, this building only dates to 1935,...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Shirley L
May 25, 2019|
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Response from Jonathan R | Reviewed this property |
There are two ways to see the court in session -- hearing cases. Line up very early and see the whole session (or as much as you want). Line up less early (10 am may be ok but I don't know for sure) and get to sit in back... More
October 26, 2017|
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Response from Jim M | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, you never know how early to arrive. For the 3 minute line you can probably arrive between 7-8AM. If you want to hear an entire argument you must arrive by 6AM. Regarding your camera, etc. there are lockers for... More
Ann D
September 22, 2016|
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Response from KRAMA200 | Reviewed this property |
We did not do the guided tour. We did it ourselves .We also had plenty of other things to do like you. So suggest do the tour yourself at a time convenient to you.