Visiting the U.S. Supreme Court

u.s. supreme courtIf you are an out-of-towner and plan on seeing the sights in Washington, DC, the U.S. Supreme Court in is an interesting place to visit.

Have you ever imagined yourself as a legal beagle? Perhaps you are simply curious about the law. If so, then while you are in the Nation’s Capitol, be sure to include the U.S. Supreme Court on your must see list.

The Supreme Court is located on Capitol Hill at First Street and Maryland Avenue in NW.  It is adjacent to the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress.

Many people do not realize that the Supreme Court is open to the public. When it is in session — October through April — visitors are invited to attend oral arguments, which may last one hour. Sessions are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning at 10 a.m. Seating is limited and given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For those who simply want to tour the building, portions of the First and Ground Floors are open to the public throughout the year from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition to viewing portraits and busts of Justices, and other exhibits, visitors can see a 25-minute film on the Supreme Court; or attend a lecture.  Lectures in the Courtroom are given every hour on the half-hour, on days that the Court is not in session.

Like numerous other government properties, visitors are required to undergo security screening before entering the Supreme Court building.  All items must be screened in x-ray machines and visitors will be asked to pass through metal detectors.

The cafeteria and gift shop are open to the public. Visit the U.S. Supreme Court website for additional information.

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