Schedule your tour of one of Boston’s landmarks, the Moakley Federal Courthouse!

This architectural masterpiece connects the timeless values America was founded upon with modern understandings of justice, equity, and the importance of community.

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

Since the opening of the Moakley Courthouse in 1998, Discovering Justice’s Tours Program has invited both students and adults to experience the magnificent architecture of and pursuit of justice in 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.

With the advent of COVID-19, Discovering Justice is pleased to offer a virtual tour and an in-person tour. The Moakley follows local recommendations on COVID-19 measures; in-person tours are limited to groups of 20-25 maximum, and masks are required. The Moakley Federal Courthouse is ADA accessible, and tours last approximately 1 hour. An ID is required to enter the courthouse. Schedule your free tour here, and contact Henry Schunk at hschunk@discoveringjustice.org if you have any questions.

"We The People Of The Courthouse"
Virtual Tour of the Moakley Courthouse

Can’t make it in person? Replace or supplement your free in-person tour of the Moakley Federal Courthouse with a free online tour, featuring nine diverse individuals’ perspectives on the courthouse and justice system. 

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 tour can be navigated by using the right arrow key on your keyboard to advance to the next slide. Click the picture below to start!

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Since the opening of the Moakley Courthouse in 1998, Discovering Justice’s Tours Program has invited both students and adults to experience the magnificent architecture and history 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 will allow 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.

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