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Old Courthouse

11 N 4th St, Saint Louis, MO 63102-1810
+1 314-655-1700
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Lots of History

This is where the infamous Dred Scott Case was heard. The courthouse is a museum of where history... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Eric G
Florissant, Missouri
Interesting Historic Site

We vitiated the Old Courthouse while in St. Louis for a few days. We took one of the short tours... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Amanda F
Newport, Pennsylvania
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Explore a significant part of U.S. history when you visit the Old Courthouse, which was built between 1839 and 1862. Tour this architectural masterpiece with restored courtrooms and experience a time and place where Dred and Harriet Scott sued for their freedom and Virginia Minor fought for women’s right to vote. Through special exhibits, learn about St. Louis’ role in early settlers’ movement into western America. At the Old Courthouse Gift Shop, choose from a wide selection of books, videos, apparel and educational toys related to St. Louis and African-American history. Located just two blocks from the Arch (7 blocks walking distance during construction), the Old Courthouse is serving as the temporary Ticketing and Visitor Center for the Gateway Arch during construction.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
11 N 4th St, Saint Louis, MO 63102-1810
+1 314-655-1700
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is where the infamous Dred Scott Case was heard. The courthouse is a museum of where history lived. From slave auctions on the steps to decisions that shaped America inside. While we all detest slavery, it is part of our history and our continued...More

Thank Eric G
Reviewed 5 days ago

We vitiated the Old Courthouse while in St. Louis for a few days. We took one of the short tours, which was interesting and informative. Our 7 year old daughter also liked it, especially getting to sit in one of the restored court rooms.

Thank Amanda F
Reviewed 5 days ago

Located a couple of blocks behind the famous Gateway Arch in St. Louis is the Old Courthouse. This was the site of the famous Dred Scott trial. The rotunda of the building has detailed murals depicting local history and there are several period US flags...More

Thank knoxdaytripper
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The architecture of the building is fantastic. Site of the Dred Scott decision, there are many good exhibits. If you visit the Arch, this is just a shot walk away

Thank debStLouis
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I had bought tickets for the Arch and boat tour ahead of time (highly recommend due to limited number of tickets because of arch construction) and stopped in the "old courthouse" to pick them up. Wow! This place is pretty interesting - lots of history,...More

Thank HungryTraveler1700
Reviewed 6 days ago

The court house is agreat place for photo opps. Had a greattime looking at the ceilings. was a good place to chill.

Thank Mimitimes4
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was fun to poke around the area near the Arch. I stopped to read the plaque on the bronze statue of Dred and Harriet Scott that is next to the stairway. They filed suit for their freedom here in 1848. It went to the...More

Thank Roberta M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Old Courthouse is so full of history. Give yourself at least an hour or more to fully appreciate the amount of information this building holds. The staff here was polite and helpful.

Thank Paul O
Reviewed 1 week ago

The inside was decorated with flags and bunting remidning me of times back at the Civil War times. One able to explore many of the upper levels. The park ranger was a great tour leader. Again the inside was VERY cool!

Thank Ron A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw the building as we were driving through downtown and was impressed by its stately architecture but didn't know anything about it. Discovered that we needed to get tickets for the Arch and saw the banners advertising that the Arch experience started at the Old...More

Thank KDWakefield
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I want to ask about parking, is there free parking lot there? of need to park in street? is it difficult to find parking space a=if go there on Saturday evening? thanks.
13 March 2017|
Response from rewinc | Reviewed this property |
Parking isn't cheap. I don't know about street parking/meters, but the ramps can be expensive. Weekends may be cheaper (at least they are in Minneapolis), but I don't know about St. Louis. I'm sure there is a web site for... More
lekha s
Is there any entry ticket? If there how much per head?
21 October 2016|
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Response from rewinc | Reviewed this property |
The Courthouse is free. Gateway Arch tickets are now purchased at the Courthouse.
Do you get the National Parks Passport stamp at the courthouse?
15 September 2016|
Response from Mark K | Reviewed this property |
I don't know for sure. But they have rangers there and a gift shop, so I think they probably do.