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Supreme Court of the United States Tours

Supreme Court of the United States
Along with the White House and US Capitol, the Supreme Court ranks among Washington DC’s most significant, iconic landmarks. Founded in 1789 and now housed in a neoclassical building that dates to 1935, the Supreme Court is the highest court in the land, and visitors are welcome to visit (even when court is in session).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Address: 1 1st Street NE, Capitol Hill, Washington DC 20543, USA
Admission: Free
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Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour

Private Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and Library of Congress Tour

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Get personalized attention and enjoy a flexible itinerary on this walking tour of Washington, D.C. Visit the highlights and landmarks of the nation's capital, such as the Supreme Court, the Capitol Building, the Main Reading Room of Library of Congress, and others.
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

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Explore the famous monuments and memorials of Washington DC by moonlight on this narrated sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an open-air trolley and enjoy an educational and entertaining history of the nation’s capital while traveling past each point of interest. Take in the stunning views of an illuminated Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House, and many other landmarks. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington DC by night.
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Washington DC Old Town Trolley Plus Arlington National Cemetery

Washington DC Old Town Trolley Plus Arlington National Cemetery

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Take a 90 minute Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected). This is the only tour to take you into the Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected).
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Capitol Hill, Supreme Court & Library of Congress Small Group Tour

Capitol Hill, Supreme Court & Library of Congress Small Group Tour

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Take a 2.5-hour tour of one of the most powerful country’s governments as you explore Capitol Hill with a guide. See the main buildings, including the Capitol and the Supreme Court. Go into the main reading room of the Library of Congress, and catch sight of an original Gutenberg Bible. Also, during your tour, see the Statue of Freedom.
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Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

Private Moonlight DC City Tour by Van

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Experience the beauty of America's iconic capital city during this moonlit tour of Washington, D.C. by van. Make your way in a private vehicle through historic landmarks and top attractions. Visit Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and more. It's the perfect way to cap off a day of sightseeing with a relaxing tour at dusk.
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Washington DC Capital Sites Bike Tour

Washington DC Capital Sites Bike Tour

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Washington DC is full of historical sites and while it’s easy to explore on foot or by bus, this 2-wheel tour option gives travelers access to some of the city’s most popular landmarks. Check out the Lincoln Memorial, White House, Supreme Court and the Capitol on this Capital Sites Bike Tour. Your friendly guide shares plenty of history, facts, and city knowledge on this easy bike ride through the nation’s capital.
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Four Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

Four Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van

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Make the most of your time in Washington, D.C., on a private tour of the city’s highlights with a professional guide. Kick off the day at the White House, then visit the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Jefferson Memorial, and more of D.C.’s most iconic monuments and museums. Finish the day with a stop at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
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Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight Tour

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Explore the best of Washington, DC on this narrated, hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Visit more than 100 points of interest among DC’s top attractions—like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, to name just a few. Depending upon your interest, select a silver, gold, or platinum pass, then board at any of the stops and get to know the nation’s capital in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor. A guided moonlight trolley tour to the same landmark locations, illuminated for the evening, is also included.
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Capitol Hill Guided Small-Group Walking Tour

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Go to the heart of America's Legislative and Judicial branches of government on a small-group tour of Capitol Hill that explores the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress, and the Supreme Court. This tour goes inside each destination for a guided tour, and highlights include reserved-entry at the U.S. Capitol and entry to the Supreme Court, with a guide to help bring Capitol Hill's fascinating politics and history to life.
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Washington DC Private Tour with Spanish or Portuguese Option

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Explore the famous sites of Washington DC on this private tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then climb aboard a luxury vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining account of the nation’s capital with a private guide. Travel around and through the plethora of famous war memorials, monuments, and landmarks. From DC’s residential neighborhoods to Arlington, Virginia and back, experience this comprehensive tour of the city. Hotel pickup/drop-off included.
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Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions Pass

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

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Visit Washington, D.C., on a private, full-day trip from New York City with a chauffeured minivan that accommodates up to six passengers. Enjoy the ride in comfort and style, then spend a day exploring the capital’s most important sites. See the United States Capitol and the moving tombs of the Arlington National Cemetery, then continue to the White House and Presidential memorials. Visit the museums and monuments that line the National Mall before returning to New York.
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  • 15 hours
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Washington DC Express Sightseeing Tour

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Haunted DC Walking Tour on Capitol Hill

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Lonely Planet Experiences: American Politics & Debate on Capitol Hill Tour

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Private Guided Tour: DC National Archives Building & Capitol Hill

Private Guided Tour: DC National Archives Building & Capitol Hill

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DC National Mall and Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour - 8ppl Max

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Private Washington DC Day or Night SUV Tour

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Capitol Hill Tour

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