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Supreme Court

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Historic Sites, School Trip, Educational, Historical
1 First St NE, Washington, DC
URL: Supreme Court  Phone: 202-479-3000

Activity Overview

The Supreme Court of the United States is the most important court in the country. Its current building is located near the Capitol in the heart of Washington, D.C. and was completed in 1935. The building itself is known for its beautiful Neoclassical architecture, including its marble façade and columns, as well as its beautiful sculptures. Visitors are welcome to tour the building and view its fascinating exhibitions as well as attend court sessions, though seating is limited.

Things to Do

  • Explore the building - there aren't any guided tours of the Supreme Court building, but you're welcome to look around on your own.
  • View the 24-minute visitors' film, which explains the purpose of the Supreme Court as well as its history.
  • Check out the current exhibitions on display on the Ground Floor, which generally focus on topics related to history and law.
  • When the Court isn't in session, you can attend a 30-minute courtroom lecture. You can find more information and a calendar of scheduled lectures here.

Supreme Court Insider Tips

  • If you want to attend a court session, plan to arrive early, since seating is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The easiest way to reach the Supreme Court building is by using public transportation. The nearest Metro stops are Capitol South and Union Station. Metro Buses 96, 97, and A11 all stop at the Court as well.
  • Don't forget to take a moment or two to admire the architecture of the building and its many beautiful sculptures.
  • Stop by the gift shop on the Ground Floor before you head home to pick up educational gifts related to the Supreme Court.

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