Supreme Court Building, Washington, District of Columbia
First Street NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20003| Map |
One of the great things about vacationing in Washington D.C. is the opportunity to see our government representatives at work, up close – and the Supreme Court is one of those places that can be visited by the public. Families vacationing in D.C. should make a point of visiting the Supreme Court building, which is well worth the time it takes to request a visit and make arrangements. While tours of the building are not offered, visitors can tour the building on their own and partake in a number of programs, including courtroom lectures, a visitors’ film and court-related displays. Docents lead these 30-minute programs, which explain the judicial functions of the Supreme Court, as well as the history and architecture of the building. With prior arrangements, the public has their choice of hearing just a few minutes of a court case being argued, or staying for about an hour. When Court is not in session, lectures are given in the courtroom every hour, Monday through Friday; when Court is in session, lectures resume after Court adjourns for the day. The Supreme Court building is located right across from the Capitol building, which makes it easy to access. There’s a reasonably-priced cafeteria on the lower floor open to the public, which is especially welcome after a fierce court session! The Supreme Court isn’t usually the first attraction people think of when they plan a visit to D.C., but it is definitely an educational addition to the vacation itinerary.
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Check ahead of time to see if Court is in session, as that will affect the agenda.
Address: First Street NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20003| Map
Phone: 202 479 3211
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am - 4:30 pm. Closed holidays More Info
Price: Free More Info