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Tours and Field Trips

Tours

To arrange a free, guided tour of the U.S. Courthouse in Indianapolis, please send an email to tours@insd.uscourts.gov. Please provide the date(s) and times you are available, as well as the size of your group. While we will try to accommodate last-minute requests, advance notice is recommended to increase the likelihood of tour availability.

Tours last around one hour and are available for all ages, community groups, and individuals. Tours focus on a mix of law and government, art, architecture, and the history of the court.  

All individuals entering the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse will need to pass through a security screening checkpoint and present a valid, government issued photo ID.

For more information on the history and architecture of the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, please refer to our visitor guide -   Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse Visitor Guide.

 Field Trips 

Field trips to the United States Courthouse in downtown Indianapolis are educational, entertaining, and engage students in the study of government, history, law, civics, and even art and language arts. All field trips to the courthouse meet Indiana's Academic Standards in social studies and language arts.

To schedule a field trip, please send an email to tours@insd.uscourts.gov. Please include date(s) and times of availability, as well as approximate group size and age of students. While last-minute bookings are gladly accepted, early booking improves the likelihood of tour availability and chance for a meet-and-greet with a judge. 

For more information and questions about field trip opportunities, please contact Mary Giorigo, Public Outreach Coordinator, at (317) 229-3711.

**Due to logistical considerations, the court requests that group size be limited to 30 or fewer students. However, larger groups can be accommodated by embarking on a multi-phase field trip, with portions of the group visiting other sights in Indianapolis and then switching with the group at the courthouse. We are happy to provide assistance in coordinating a multi-phase field trip.**

Please click on the age-appropriate link below to view examples of the types of programs offered at the courthouse.

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