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The highest court of the land is open to tourists. Visiting hours are normal business hours. While they have a gift shop and a cafeteria, you are not allowed to take photos or video (for logical security reasons). Surprisingly, this building only dates to 1935,...More
While we did not get to go inside, even getting to observe the building and walk up the steps was worth the visit. When you think of all of the debates that occurred here forming our great country, you can't help but feel something standing...More
We didn't go in, not part of our tour to go in. This is a very impressive looking building and worth getting a picture of. You might want your picture taken in front of the building if you are a lawyer.
The Supreme Court, as the home of one of the three arms of the US government, is well worth visiting. There is a film and exhibition, which tells the story of the evolution of the court, including the building itself, which dates from the 1930's....More
I would like to tell you that there is no difference between the tours ( whether you walk through the door for a tour or set one up months in advance through your House Representative)except maybe the wait line is slightly shorter. I witnessed where...More
Lots of tight security at the Supreme Court Building and loaded with security cameras. This is the highest court of the land. Very unfortunate that many decisions are made along party lines. The building is graceful and grand.
Very informative, we were able to wander around without the crowds and learn about the history of the Supreme Court and various judges over the years. You can get a view of the courtroom through a curtain but you cannot visit (or we couldn't). Good...More
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There are two ways to see the court in session -- hearing cases. Line up very early and see the whole session (or as much as you want). Line up less early (10 am may be ok but I don't know for sure) and get to sit in back... More
There are two ways to see the court in session -- hearing cases. Line up very early and see the whole session (or as much as you want). Line up less early (10 am may be ok but I don't know for sure) and get to sit in back for about 3 minutes. But the court isn't hearing any more cases until October.
You can tour the building without waiting in line. It is best if you go when the court is NOT having hearings because then you can go into the courtroom and see where they hear the cases. There is also a 30-minute "lecture" which is a short intro to the court, the history, the building which takes place in the courtroom (again, only when not holding a hearing).
The supreme court site is pretty clear.
Unfortunately, you never know how early to arrive. For the 3 minute line you can probably arrive between 7-8AM. If you want to hear an entire argument you must arrive by 6AM. Regarding your camera, etc. there are lockers for... More
Unfortunately, you never know how early to arrive. For the 3 minute line you can probably arrive between 7-8AM. If you want to hear an entire argument you must arrive by 6AM. Regarding your camera, etc. there are lockers for you to put your material in.