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Building Hours and Directions

Out of concern for the health and safety of the public and Supreme Court employees, the Supreme Court Building will be closed to the public until further notice. The Building will remain open for official business. Please see all COVID-19 announcements here.


Monday – Friday (except Federal Holidays)
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Building Access Info

Northwest Door

Public Hours: Monday - Friday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

For Official Business Only
Door remains open until 5:00 PM

This entrance is wheelchair accessible. For information on building accessibilty click here.

Southwest Door

Public Hours: Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

For Official Business Only
On Days the Court is Sitting
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Open to:
- Arguing Attorneys
- Supreme Court Bar Members
- Bar Admissions Groups
- Press

Visitor Entrances are located to the left and right of the main staircase.

The Northwest door serves as the primary visitor entrance. On days the Court is sitting, the Southwest door is for Arguing Attorneys, Supreme Court Bar Members, Bar Admission groups and the Press only between 7:30 - 9:00 AM. After 9:00 Am the public may also use this entrance.


The Supreme Court of the United States is located on First Street NE between East Capitol Street and Maryland Avenue, adjacent to the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress. View Capitol Hill area map.

Visitors may enter the building from the plaza doors located on each side of the main steps. An accessible ramp is located along Maryland Avenue on the left side of the building. All visitors must pass through security screening prior to entry. During the months of March – June, visitors should anticipate longer wait times to enter the building due to larger crowds visiting D.C.

By Metro (Subway):
The closest Metro stops are:
Capitol South (Orange, Blue and Silver Lines, 0.3 miles)
Union Station (Red Line, 0.5 miles).

By Metro Bus:
The 97 and A11 buses all stop in front of the Supreme Court Building.  The 32, 34, 36, and 39 buses stop at First Street and Independence Avenue, a two block walk from the Building.

Additional information on riding the Metro is available at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

By Train:
Amtrak, VRE, and MARC trains service Union Station, which is located approximately 0.5 miles from the Court.

By Car:
Street parking is extremely limited near the Supreme Court. The closest public parking garage is located at Union Station.

Please note that the Supreme Court is not accessible by private bus or passenger van. Please see designated bus routes and restrictions.