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Old Courthouse

11 N 4th St, Saint Louis, MO 63102-1810
+1 314-655-1700
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Take the Ranger Tour.

We enjoyed hearing the history of the courthouse. Take the free Ranger tour as it is very... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jo N
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San Diego
Historical and Interesting

Right by the Arch, this historical courthouse is a must see. This courthouse tried the Dred Scott... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jim R
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Windermere, Florida
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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.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good39%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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11 N 4th St, Saint Louis, MO 63102-1810
Downtown
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+1 314-655-1700
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed hearing the history of the courthouse. Take the free Ranger tour as it is very informative. Beautiful building.

Thank Jo N
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Right by the Arch, this historical courthouse is a must see. This courthouse tried the Dred Scott case, which was essentially the central point of the civil war. You can spend as much or as little time as you like.

Thank Jim R
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The old Courthouse is the place where the Dredd Scott court case was argued and is now part of the Gateway Arch National Park. Its a good place to learn about the case and the history of Saint Louis

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This courthouse, along with being a very beautiful building, maintained wonderfully, and looking great in pictures with the Gateway Arch, also heard two very important cases....Dred Scott and Women's Suffrage. The history behjind these cases are both interesting and surprising, and the museum they set...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

In fairness, we stopped off to use the washroom. We ended up staying for over an hour looking at the exhibits, reading about the history and absorbing this fascinating building. The history of slavery and the local area is clearly laid out with art, artifacts...More

Thank ladyaph
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I stopped at this Courthouse to see the difference between the new and old sections along with the decorated ceiling and well preserved & polished wood in the courtrooms. The history was fascinating as was the brief of some of the earlier...More

Thank Ken L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed touring the courthouse and watching a re-enactment of the Dred Scott trial. Staff was helpful

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found the Old Courthouse to be a cool piece of history. Very easy to get around and a friendly staff.

Thank Andrew Z
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The courthouse is located just steps away from the Gateway Arch. It offers a great photo opportunity. The courthouse acts as a museum as well and has a great exhibit on Dred Scott vs Sandford case of 1857. Note-this is also where you buy tckets...More

Thank Vicki L
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Reviewed April 18, 2018

Awesome less traveled site, lots of great paintings and historical placards. Dred Scott statue and wonderful old court rooms, worth the stop

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Phoenix52
July 11, 2017|
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Response from j0ya0 | Reviewed this property |
If you order the tickets online and download them to your phone you don't have to pick them up at the courthouse, but yes you do have to choose a time when you purchase. There are no close parking lots so give yourself about... More
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ELKW
March 12, 2017|
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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
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lekha s
October 21, 2016|
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Response from rewinc | Reviewed this property |
The Courthouse is free. Gateway Arch tickets are now purchased at the Courthouse.
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