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“[The Court’s exhibit program] communicates to all Americans a sense of the story of the Supreme Court as a living institution, and in that process to add warmth and humanity to the building itself.”
– Chief Justice Warren E. Burger

Two Cases with JM statue

The Office of the Curator creates exhibitions on the history of the Supreme Court, the Justices, and the work of the Court. All exhibitions are located on the ground floor, and are self-guided.



Current Exhibitions

From Petition to Opinion: How the Supreme Court Works From Petition to Opinion: How the Supreme Court Works
Follow the process of how a case comes before the Supreme Court, the procedures the Justices use to complete their work, and some of the constitutional questions the Court has faced over time.
Integration Must Proceed Forthwith Integration Must Proceed Forthwith
Learn the legal history behind the historic 1957 integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, following the Court’s decisions in Brown v. Board of Education. This special temporary exhibit features the Judge’s Bench from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas where the “Little Rock Nine” first sued for the right to attend Central High.
The Triumph of Justice: Adolph Weinman's Courtroom Frieze The Triumph of Justice: Adolph Weinman’s Courtroom Frieze
Explore the development of the design for the four sculptural panels that grace the walls of the Courtroom and feature historical lawgivers and allegories of law and justice.
In Re Lady Lawyers: The Rise of Women Attorneys and the Supreme Court In Re Lady Lawyers: The Rise of Women Attorneys and the Supreme Court
Learn about the women who carved a path for future female advocates, judges, and Supreme Court Justices.
All Together for the Camera: 150 Years of Group Photograph All Together for the Camera: A History of the Supreme Court’s Group Photograph
Trace the history of the Supreme Court’s group photograph through selected highlights, from the first in 1867 to the most recent in 2022.


Past Exhibitions

Sandra Day O'Connor: First Woman on the Supreme Court Sandra Day O’Connor: First Woman on the Supreme Court
Follow Justice Sandra Day O'Connor’s journey to the highest court in the land.
Forgotten Legacy: Judicial Portraits by Cornelia Adèle Fassett Forgotten Legacy: Judicial Portraits by Cornelia Adèle Fassett
Discover the work of Cornelia Adèle Fassett, one of the first female portrait artists of the 19th century to portray American presidents, politicians, and Supreme Court Justices.



 

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