Supreme Court, Washington DC

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Government Building · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Take a self-guided tour of the Supreme Court to learn what the highest federal court in the United States is all about. Completed in 1935, the neoclassical temple-style building shines in marble from Vermont, Georgia, Alabama, and Spain. As you enter, you will encounter the statue of Justice--a mythological female figure recognized as a legal symbol in the United States. As you tour, take note of other Beaux Arts-style sculptures, fountains, flagpoles, and benches. Court sessions are normally open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Join an organized lecture to learn about the judicial functions, history, and architecture of the court. Make Supreme Court a part of your Washington DC vacation plans using our Washington DC online trip builder.
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  • It is the U.S Supreme Court. What more is there to say? The building's architecture is a history lesson in and of itself. The last time we were in D.C. the facade was under scaffoldings and being...  more »
  • I visited the Supreme Court from the outside in August 2021. It is closed to visitors. I had gone inside in August 2017. The architecture is very impressive and it is a good photo opportunity...  more »
  • Nice building and beautiful interior it may look dark in dingy but there is marble everywhere including the stairs in floor. They have a gift shop that is down a corner in a small room and it was decent, they also have a cafe but it’s very small. The tour wasn’t that great it’s more of like they are teaching you about it you can’t even get into where the judge sits you can only sit in the visitors area but the room was big.
  • This is one of the places in Washington where the guards are decent human beings. I find that those patrolling other sites, like the White House, can be condescending and rude. But here, if you're lugging a few backpacks with you, they do their job very courteously - they come over to figure out who you are, while making friendly small talk. The conversation lasts long enough for them to figure out whether or not you're up to no good, and then they wish you well and move along. A+ This is, of course, a beautiful building and well worth your time to visit. An awful lot of very important history has gone down in this building, and you should take the time to visit.

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