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Address: 11 N 4th St, Saint Louis, MO 63102-1810
Phone Number:
+1 314-655-1700
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Explore a significant part of U.S. history when you visit the Old...

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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Quite enjoyable with rich history. View of Arch from front steps

So much history involved with a visit here. The volunteers (staff) were extremely friendly. We learned many things and certainly glad we stopped by. The old courtrooms were a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mts of western NC
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Mts of western NC
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So much history involved with a visit here. The volunteers (staff) were extremely friendly. We learned many things and certainly glad we stopped by. The old courtrooms were a favorite along with a nice view of the Gateway Arch from the entrance steps (see photo). Allow at least an hour or you will feel rushed. Not a place for young... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is architecturally stunning. The rich history about slavery was also really informative. The staff was very accommodating and knowledge. Nice experience.

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Colleyville, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

When you walk in and see the ceiling of the courthouse, you will see a stunning view. The paintings on the walls and ceiling are beautiful. Right now they have exhibits from the gateway arch that were moved while they are doing construction.

Thank Sheila P
Colleyville, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This old courthouse has free admission! It is nestled right in the heart of St. Louis. The outside of the courthouse has great architecture. This is wheelchair accessible, but only on the first floor. There is not an elevator to go up to the remaining floors. There is also wonderful architecture on the inside. Very nice historical galleries are in... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place is not given the promotion or credit it deserves. It's not just a fascinating piece of architecture inside and out, or just somewhere to buy your tickets to the Arch, it's one of the best museums i've ever been to. As a tourist from the UK, we're fairly used to large free museums, and disappointed that so many... More 

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St Louis,, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you enjoy history and architecture, the Old Courthouse has both. The fresco's on the ceiling are beautiful, the ornate iron staircases amazing and learning more about the Dred & Harriett Scott Case that was decided in this very courthouse so many years ago, remarkable!

1 Thank 872reneed
Joensuu, Finland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gateway Arch tikcet office is located here, during renovations time. Easy to find, lot of carages around where to park.

Thank mmikko
Danville, Kentucky, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came in the Old Courthouse to get Arch tickets. The tickets were sold out, and we walked around in the Old Courthouse and was glad we did. It is a beautiful historic building with four floors (no elevators). Several rooms contain area exhibits. Very interesting. Helpful staff. There is no fee to visit.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting and informative and I shouldn't have taken so long to visit. Beautiful interiors and well staffed and ready to assist and share with you great history knowledge.

1 Thank Thomas B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I stopped here on my way back from taking a walk in the arch walk way. It's a beautiful historic place to walk around and listen to a tour guide tell you all about the history of the court house.

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