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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A Corinthian-style building where the final guardians of the Constitution deliberate.
Reviewed 17 May 2014

Sadly, the court was not in session during my stay. However, this meant I was able to attend a 30 minute lecture on the court inside of the courtroom which was awesome. The lecturer was a former attorney, and obviously knew his stuff. Definitely worth a visit.

Tips: Plan far ahead if you want to attend an oral argument. The entrances are on the ground level to the left or right of the huge front doors/stairs.

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

It is a wonderful building. I enjoyed being in the building where decisions are made that affect everyone in the United States of America. This current building is actually the location of the houses that the Justices stayed when the court was first established. Security presence is everywhere. Please allow for extra time to clear security. Visiting attorneys have a habit of cutting the line, be firm to stop the practice. Enjoy.

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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Signed up for a Congressional Tour at the Supreme Court and had an incredible tour guide. She was very informative and offered a question and answer session. Really enjoyed the 30 minute tour.

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Reviewed 28 April 2014

The highlight of our recent visit to DC was actually being able to sit in the courtroom and listen to a case being argued for 5 minutes. I had only read about this "5 minute line" after we had arrived in DC so I wasn't sure how it worked. I am so glad we did this. When we arrived at the court (about 10:45am or so) there were 2 lines out front. One line was to get in and actually sit through a case and the other was the 5 minute line. Just ask a police officer (plenty are around) and they will explain it. We stood in line for about 45 minutes and then they broke us into smaller groups. We then went through security and were taken upstairs where you have to put your belongings (like phones and cameras and coats) into lockers. The locker needs a quarter but there is a change machine in the room. Then we passed through a 2nd security check and were then allowed to enter the courtroom. We were in the back and actually had chairs and were there for probably a bit more than 5 minutes. The courtroom isn't very big and I had a clear view of all 9 Supreme Court Justices. After 5 minutes they then have you leave so others can have your seat. We then were able to wander around the building and see some of the other sites (spiral staircase was pretty cool). We then left via the front steps which was also nice since they won't let you enter via the steps but you can exit via them. All in all, I would highly recommend this if you can do it. Just check the Supreme Court website to see if they are hearing any cases the day you visit and then ask a police officer if you see 2 lines forming in front of the court house.

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Beautiful building inside and out, and not very crowded, which is always welcome. There are lectures available in the main hall. On Mondays and Wednesdays it's possible to sit in on the trials. The spiral staircase was my favourite part - although it's too bad that it's boarded off, so you can only lean in to see it, rather than being able to get onto the steps. It's still nice to see though. The main lobby is very spacious with huge columns, and the steps outside have appeared in so many movies - it's nice to see it in real life. There is a very nice view of the Capitol Building from the steps of the Supreme Court.

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