- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 17, 2002

Location: The U.S. Supreme Court is at 1 First St. NE, across First Street from the U.S. Capitol and across East Capitol Street from the Library of Congress.

Parking and transportation: The building can be reached by Metro. The most convenient stops are Capitol South on the Blue and Orange lines and Union Station on the Red line. If you drive, park at Union Station, exit the front of the building and walk four blocks up First Street NE. There are no nearby parking lots except for Union Station. Do not even bother trying to find street parking near the court.

Hours and admission: The building is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, except for federal holidays. There is no charge to visit the Supreme Court.

Public lectures are available in the courtroom every hour on the half-hour from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on days the court is not sitting. Courtroom seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-seated basis. A 24-minute visitors' film, with closed captioning available, is shown continuously. FM and Infra-red listening systems for the hearing impaired are available in the courtroom when the court is sitting. Those who want such a device must ask a police officer or courtroom attendant.

Refreshments and gift shop: A cafeteria serves hot entrees and other items from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. It closes briefly to the public to accommodate court employees at noon and 1 p.m. A snack bar is open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and closes at 12:15 and 1:15 p.m. to accommodate employees. A large gift shop on the ground floor is open from 9 a.m. to 4:25 p.m., and there are snack vending machines on the ground floor, as well.

Information: Call 202/479-3030. Information about the court can be found on the Web site (www.supremecourtus.gov).

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