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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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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
First Street NE, Washington DC, DC 20003
National Mall
+1 202-479-3211
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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 5 days 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week ago

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
Thank DelfinoEdward
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While we did not get to go inside, even getting to observe the building and walk up the steps was worth the visit. When you think of all of the debates that occurred here forming our great country, you can't help but feel something standing...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Short but very informative. Sitting in the courtroom was really neat. Court was not in session so the tour guide could take more time

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank L D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't go in, not part of our tour to go in. This is a very impressive looking building and worth getting a picture of. You might want your picture taken in front of the building if you are a lawyer.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Robert S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Supreme Court, as the home of one of the three arms of the US government, is well worth visiting. There is a film and exhibition, which tells the story of the evolution of the court, including the building itself, which dates from the 1930's....More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 190Daniel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I would like to tell you that there is no difference between the tours ( whether you walk through the door for a tour or set one up months in advance through your House Representative)except maybe the wait line is slightly shorter. I witnessed where...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.