Supreme Court
Supreme Court
4.5
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
A Corinthian-style building where the final guardians of the Constitution deliberate.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Upper Northwest
How to get there
  • Capitol South • 8 min walk
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  • flo220
    New York City, New York349 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting building -- try to go to the lecture in the main chaber if court is not in session
    Across the street from congress is the US supreme court building. There is a lot of history within the building including pictures of all the justices and other historical facts. We were there when court was not in session and was able to go into the main chamber for a description of the court. (While it was geared to the school group that was there we enjoyed and learned from it too.) There is a cafeteria in the building.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 2023
  • A Midlife Adventure
    Dursley, United Kingdom2,766 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a quick stop on your sight seeing in Washington
    We decided to take a look inside opting to do a self guided tour. As Court was not in session we could have attended one of the organised lectures but opted out of this. We gained a bit more insight into the role of the Supreme Court in the USA but for us it was all about the beautiful marble. architecture and history.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 September 2023
  • Kathy C
    Columbus, Ohio33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plan early if you want to get in to the hearings. Check the Supreme Court Website
    Gorgeous building. Tours were closed the day I was there. However, if you check the Supreme Court calender for days the court is in session they do allow the public to listen in on hearings. However, this group is limited to 50 people and to get in you have to line up very early on the day of the session. The arguments start at 10:00 a.m., they let the public in at 9:30. We arrived at 8:00a.m. thinking we were "early" - there were over 100 people in line. I am assuming the 50"winners" were there by 6:30-7:00 and waiting three hours. We were told that at 11:00 a.m. (the second session of the court) they might let more people in. They did - about 10, but we were still 25+ people away from getting in. We met nice people in line...that was a plus!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 October 2023
  • daearz77
    Charleston, South Carolina524 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Underrated
    This is not a place people tell you to check out when giving you the top places to visit in DC. However, it should be. The outside of this building is absolutely stunning. Knowing the history of the Supreme Court and judicial history in general, the monuments and statues are extremely relevant. I honestly could’ve stood on the steps of the Supreme Court for hours. This was one of the most impactful places I visited during my time in DC.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 May 2024
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York3,099 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic
    The Supreme Court is one of the three main buildings on Capitol Hill. I bought tickets ahead of time and then went there as early as possible and there was no line. There are two floors. The bottom floor is a museum and the top floor is a grand hall and the courtroom. You can see the courtroom from the outside but in order to go in you have to wait in line for tours every 30 minutes. Overall, I highly recommend visiting the Supreme Court
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 June 2024
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Marion V
Nanuet, NY116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We planned on a self-tour of walking around the Supreme Court building. But our timing was excellent, it happened to be non-argument day. Therefore we were able to get tickets as we were walking in to the building, and we able to sit in on the swearing in of new members to the bar. It was only about 20 minutes but we were able to see 6 of the 9 justices on the bench while sitting in the public gallery.
Written 12 February 2020
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Chris D
Athens, GA44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Such an impressive building that houses the nation’s highest court. There are no tours or viewings of oral arguments going on currently (that I know of). But the exterior is still quite a sight. For those who have been inside, you know that the actual courtroom is small relative to the size of the building, but it is such an imposing room (especially for those in the profession).

Some reviews have critiqued the ability for tourists to enter the building, wait times, etc. It is very important to remember that this is a workplace (like so many places in DC) and an active courthouse/courtroom like any other in the country.
Written 2 May 2022
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Stacy
Nashville, TN158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The building itself is breathtaking, both the interior and exterior. I was fortunate enough to receive a 30-minute oral history from a curator, Peter, who provided a thorough history of the SCOTUS while we sat in the very room where landmark decisions are made. It was an honor to visit!
Written 21 January 2020
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Andrew Tsui
San Diego, CA282 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Visitors are still not permitted to enter the building. However, this does not mean that the building isn't beautiful. We originally swung by this building whilst visiting the Capitol and the national mall, and we absolutely have no regrets!!

Very nice destination for a short stop to take a look at the building which serves as the epitome of justice in America!
Written 3 May 2022
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Lynn S
League City, TX588 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We walked by to take pictures before we visited the Library of Congress. The building is currently closed to the public and has a high chain link fence around it. The building is beautiful inside and out. We weren't allowed inside but I have been inside before (in 1985) and I wish I could have taken my family inside. There was a grand total of ONE protestor (who was sitting down and wasn't even engaging with anyone) when we were there. The public closure is the reason for my deducting one star.
Written 9 June 2022
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Kathy C
Columbus, OH33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Gorgeous building. Tours were closed the day I was there. However, if you check the Supreme Court calender for days the court is in session they do allow the public to listen in on hearings. However, this group is limited to 50 people and to get in you have to line up very early on the day of the session. The arguments start at 10:00 a.m., they let the public in at 9:30. We arrived at 8:00a.m. thinking we were "early" - there were over 100 people in line. I am assuming the 50"winners" were there by 6:30-7:00 and waiting three hours. We were told that at 11:00 a.m. (the second session of the court) they might let more people in. They did - about 10, but we were still 25+ people away from getting in. We met nice people in line...that was a plus!
Written 15 October 2023
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MaeH4
San Antonio, TX283 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
When you walk in, you get this feeling that just makes you proud. Loved reading all the judges bios and finding out, 5 judges were not born in the US. Go upstairs and do the room tour. It takes 20-30 minutes, very informative and well worth it.
Written 20 January 2020
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Jack
Old Bethpage, NY3 099 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The Supreme Court is one of the three main buildings on Capitol Hill. I bought tickets ahead of time and then went there as early as possible and there was no line. There are two floors. The bottom floor is a museum and the top floor is a grand hall and the courtroom. You can see the courtroom from the outside but in order to go in you have to wait in line for tours every 30 minutes. Overall, I highly recommend visiting the Supreme Court
Written 26 June 2024
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teknoge3k
Rocky Mount, VA1 738 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This is a fantastic building to see. You can visit the court when it's open. I am not sure if you can go in when a case is being heard, but it's a very powerful place to see. You can peek inside of the courtroom, and they also give court lectures to people. When court isn't in session, you can still see lots of busts and paintings of former justices. The building is massive and I recommend people checking it out!
Written 19 April 2023
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APrettyLittlePark
Suffolk, VA255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Supreme Court is physically beside the Lib. of Congress - easy to do both quickly within an hour if you don't take full tours. Both are more elegant and less crowded than most other buildings in DC and both are much better tours!
Written 23 January 2020
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