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Supreme Court of the United States

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An interesting place to visit while you are in Washington is The US Supreme Court. Supreme Court, being the highest judiciary, consists of the Chief Justice along with 8 other associate justices. They decide whether the Constitution’s principles are being followed by the President, Congress, the states courts as well as the lower courts.

The Court has been designed in Corinthian architectural style. There are two statues on the front stairway: the Guardian of Law and the Contemplation of Justice. The western facade of the building bears the motto: "Equal Justice under Law" and the eastern facade of the building bears the motto: "Justice, the Guardian of Liberty".

Many people may be unaware of this but The Supreme Court is actually open for the general public too. It is open for people throughout the year but allows only a limited number of people to be seated at a time. Hence, the intake totally depends on the basis of first-come first-serve. Before going inside, one has to pass through metal-detectors and your belongings will be X-rayed. Keep in mind that no audio/visual recording devices are permitted to be taken inside the Court. However, you are free to carry your cameras.

For visitors there are ample opportunities to make the most of your visit. You can explore exhibits, watch a 25 minute movie on the court itself or there are a range of educational programs conducted which can be attended. Whenever the Court is having a session, it remains closed for people. Other than this, when the Court is not undergoing any session, you can expect to listen to lectures too. Since people come here in masses, it is better to come as early as possible so that you don’t have to wait in long queues.

It may take only 2 hours at maximum to enjoy the beautiful artworks and explore every corner of the building. As it doesn’t take much of your time, you can always plan going to other destinations on the same day. Nearby famous attractions include the Capitol Visitor Center, the Library of Congress and the Capitol Building. Moreover, to an American visitor, it can be a matter of pride to be inside the guardian of its constitution.


Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Address/Map:  1 First St NE, Washington, DC 20543
Phone: (202) 479-3000
Website: Plan your visit to The Supreme Court
Admission: FREE