Discovering Justice Tours


Discovering Justice Tours

Since the opening of the Moakley Courthouse in 1998, Discovering Justice Tours have invited both students and adults to experience the magnificent architecture of the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse, home to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. A new online exhibit now allows community members and students to view a set of artifacts and legal documents specific to the Moakley Courthouse as they explore the history and significance of conflict resolution in the judicial branch.

In-Person Tours

Led by Discovering Justice staff and volunteer docents, free in-person tours welcome the public into the Moakley Courthouse and provide a unique look at the structure and history of this award-winning landmark, central to the judicial landscape of Boston.

The Moakley Courthouse follows local recommendations on COVID-19 safety measures; at this time, in-person tours are limited to groups of 20-25 maximum, and masks and IDs are required to enter the courthouse. The Moakley Federal Courthouse is ADA accessible, and tours last approximately one hour. Please contact Courthouse Programs Manager Henry Schunk at if you have any questions.

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Virtual Tours

With the advent of COVID-19, Discovering Justice is pleased to offer both virtual and in-person tour options. This virtual tour of the Moakley Courthouse explores the connections between the architectural designs of the Moakley Courthouse, and the civic ideals they represent. It features conversations held with members of the courthouse community, from judges to probation officers and restorative justice participants to courthouse reporters. All integral to the working of the justice system, the staff explore their work, and share their thoughts on the civic ideals of our justice system. The online tour can be navigated by using the right arrow key on your keyboard to advance to the next slide. 

Virtual Tour

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