The Supreme Court of the United States is a huge granite building filled with columns, statues, giant courtrooms, corridors, and inscriptions of "equal justice under law." There are a variety of educational programs and exhibits which are changed periodically as well as a theater where a film on the Supreme Court is shown. Lectures on the purpose of the Supreme Court and its history are typically given every hour on the half-hour on days that the Court is not in session.
Visitors can also attend an oral argument (hearing) which usually lasts one hour. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-seated basis. Before a session begins, two lines form on the plaza in front of the building. One is for those who wish to attend an entire argument. The other is a three-minute line for those who wish to observe the Court in session for a brief time. The locations for these lines are marked with signs and there is a police officer on duty to answer questions.