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Supreme Court of the United States
Supreme Court of the United States

Supreme Court of the United States

Free admission
1 1st Street NE, Capitol Hill, Washington DC, 20543

The Basics

Instantly recognizable for its ornate design and grand marble steps, the Supreme Court is one of the country’s most important government buildings and a top DC highlight. Explore the ground floor and the parts of the first floor that are open to the public; watch a video about the court’s history, which is screened continuously in two ground-floor theaters; and view multiple exhibitions as well as portraits and sculptures of former justices. You can even watch the court hear arguments when it is in session.

Given its status as a major DC landmark, the Supreme Court is featured on numerous local tour itineraries, including hop-on hop-off bus tours, bike tours, and trolley tours, as well as history-themed walking tours and Capitol Hill neighborhood excursions.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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Great overview
Jazz89, Mar 2020
Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour
we toured the outside and inside three of the most important buildings in DC: Capitol Building, Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. Donna the guide provided very clear history and function of each of these institutions, with great story telling. Its a great overview if you want to have an idea about these buildings in a single tour.
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Best tour we did in DC
Julie_H, Mar 2020
Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour
Wow! Donna was amazing! She had tons of energy, and so much knowledge about what we were visiting. Honestly we could have followed her around all day! Highly recommend!
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What an experience!
deannaleebutts, Jan 2020
Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour
Meghan was absolutely amazing! She was informative, funny, and a pleasure to learn from. The tour was the perfect length. Thank you!
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Trenton Boyz Visit the Capital Center
WILLIAM_B, Nov 2019
Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour
Our guide, Richard Robinson III was the best, His knowledge and ability to navigate the labyrinths of the Capital Center were greatly appreciated by our group. As an added treat he took the group to visit the Folger Shakespeare Library, not to be missed if you are a fan of Shakespeare fan!
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A DC getaway.
jtater9, Oct 2019
Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour
The tour was excellent & Brenda was so informative. We were very fortunate to have her all to ourselves ( two couples).
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Great Tour!
Elizabeth W, Oct 2019
Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour
Very knowledgeable guide who pointed out details I had missed on prior trips to DC. Due to a Supreme Court event the guide rearranged the tour for maximum learning. Viewing the Senate Chambers was a highlight.
star-5
VERY Knowledgable
John B, Aug 2019
Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour
Jennifer, was a super guide, knew her Capital,,lucky to get her..thank you Jennifer,, Highly recommend ask for Jennifer
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Capitol Walking Tour
Tiffany_F, Aug 2019
Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour
Very informative tour. We had Bess as our tour guide and she was enthusiastic about several things and gave us lots of information about the history of the Library of Congress Building, Supreme Court Building, and Capitol Building. All of the buildings were beautiful and well worth the entire tour. It's a must see attraction if you are in Washington DC for vacation.
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Awesome!!!
bokhremchuk, Jun 2019
Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour
Our tour guide was super knowledgeable, enthusiastic, polite, and very nice. I got to learn quite a bit and the tour went by very smoothly. Thank you.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • All visitors to the Supreme Court must pass through a security screening process that includes metal detectors.

  • While the court does not hold guided tours, you can explore highlights—including the courtroom, portraits of former justices, and more—at your leisure.

  • Public amenities include restrooms, a cafeteria, and a gift shop.

  • The Supreme Court is fully accessible to wheelchair users, and service dogs are welcome.

  • Photography and recording devices are banned inside the building.

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How to Get There

To reach the court by public transit, take the Orange, Blue, or Silver Metro lines to Capitol South; or take the Red line to Union Station. The court is also served by the 32, 34, 36, 39, 97, and A11 buses. Note that the northwest door, located to the left of the Supreme Court’s steps (if you’re facing the building), is the official public entrance.

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When to Get There

The Supreme Court is open to the public on weekdays from 9:30am–4:30pm; it is closed on weekends and public holidays, and its hours can sometimes vary due to special events and official engagements. The landmark is at its most crowded between the months of March and June.

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Attending the Supreme Court

If you’d like to watch the Supreme Court in action, visit while the justices are hearing cases. Seating in the first-floor courtroom is on a first-come, first-served basis. Before a session begins, join one of two lines: one for those who wish to attend the entire hearing, and a separate “three-minute” line for those who just want a quick peek. You’ll want to arrive early if you hope to get a seat, and it is recommended to avoid bringing infants and young children. When court is not in session, you can see the courtroom during a docent-led lecture.

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