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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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Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol, Supreme Court & More
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol, Supreme Court & More
$50.35 per adult
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Capital Hill Guided Small-Group tour
This tour was great. It was with my wife and I. We were the only couple, so the tour the tour was basically one on one. Liam was our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable of the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, and The Capital building. He also gave us a history of Arlington Cemetery, even though this was not part of our tour. I can’t believe how knowledgeable Liam was of our history and government. I highly recommend this tour!
William_F, Jan 2020

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.
star-5
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!
star-5
Capital Hill Guided Small-Group tour
William_F, Jan 2020
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol, Supreme Court & More
This tour was great. It was with my wife and I. We were the only couple, so the tour the tour was basically one on one. Liam was our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable of the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, and The Capital building. He also gave us a history of Arlington Cemetery, even though this was not part of our tour. I can’t believe how knowledgeable Liam was of our history and government. I highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Great time, very informative
Colleen_D, Nov 2019
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol, Supreme Court & More
This became a 1 on 1 so I was able to ask lots of questions and really enjoyed it. As a professor, it is always a pleasure to get to be a student of someone else with a wealth of knowledge to share. This is the only tour I found that goes to the library of congress and supreme court.
star-5
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!
star-5
Excellence & Knowldege
RiccoShay, Oct 2019
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol, Supreme Court & More
We were just two people escorted on this tour - the guide was excellent We have no other comment to offer
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Capital hill small group walking tour
Jet689779, Oct 2019
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol, Supreme Court & More
Great tour Liam was personable and well informed He was was very gracious to us and our 10 year old grandson
star-5
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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Interesting and Informative
Jody_H, Sep 2019
Capitol Hill Guided Walking Tour with Entry to US Capitol, Supreme Court & More
This was a very interesting and informative tour, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Our guide (sorry I can't remember his name) was very friendly and personable. We would never have been able to gain this information on out own. It was also great that we could ask some questions about living in DC and what this was like. Thanks!
star-5
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

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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