Visitor Information

Teachers, students, and visitors of all ages are invited to visit the historic John Adams Courthouse, headquarters of the Massachusetts judicial branch.

Conveniently located on Pemberton Square between the Massachusetts State House and Government Center, the John Adams Courthouse houses the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and the , the nation's oldest law library. The John Adams Courthouse is generally open for visitors on normal business days, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Court sessions are open to the public.

For general information on visiting the John Adams Courthouse, please contact Blanca Tosado at 617-557-1193 or by email at To learn more about a variety of free educational opportunities for educators and students, including group tours, historical theatrical performances and observing court sessions, click here.

ADA Information

Please see the accessibility page for information.

Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi is available in the John Adams Courthouse in the public areas except for the Great Hall. No ID or password is required.  Some restrictions apply. Please be sure to read the Massachusetts Appellate Courts'  Acceptable Use Policy before connecting.

Public Transportation & Parking

For public transportation information to the courthouse, visit the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) website or call toll free: 1-800-392-6100.  For the deaf or hard of hearing: TTY 617-222-5146.

Please note, there is no parking available at the John Adams Courthouse. Parking is available at several locations nearby, but can be expensive and all courthouse visitors are encouraged to use public transportation.


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