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Courthouse Tours
open Boston’s Moakley Courthouse and the justice system to the public. Courthouse Tours afford the public opportunities to learn about the court system and the history, art, and architecture of this magnificent building from volunteer docents.

Courthouse Tours welcome people into the courthouses and demonstrate how these buildings are centers of education and civic life. The program demystifies the justice system and shows visitors that courthouses truly belong to the public. 

Tours of the Moakley U.S. Courthouse

During the hour-long tour, groups will view several points of interest, including a spectacular “conoid” glass wall overlooking Boston Harbor, the Ellsworth Kelly Boston Panels, the Wall of Honor, a District Court courtroom, and the First Circuit Library. The tour will allow visitors to draw connections between the founding of the federal courts and the art and architecture of the modern courthouse. Visitors are welcome to stay and eat lunch in the public cafeteria overlooking the harbor.

Days available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Duration: One hour
Ages: Ten years and above
Cost: FREE

To request a tour, please print this tour request form, and fax the completed form to us at 617-748-4199 or email it to

Click here for more information about the Moakley Courthouse. 

For directions, maps, and hours of operation please click here.

Walk-in tours of the Moakley Courthouse will be offered throughout the summer on Wednesdays at 11:00 am. 


To Volunteer

Discovering Justice seeks docents to lead one-hour long tours. No prior experience is necessary.

For more information about Courthouse Tours, please contact the Discovering Justice office at or 617.748.4185.

Please note that tours are for groups of 10-75 visitors. Groups with larger amounts of visitors will be handled on a case by case basis.

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