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Old Courthouse

11 N 4th St, Saint Louis, MO 63102-1810
+1 314-655-1700
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Thanksgiving 2017 Trip

The courthouse is located just steps away from the Gateway Arch. It offers a great photo... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Vicki L
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Boston, Massachusetts
Beautiful, often skipped building

Awesome less traveled site, lots of great paintings and historical placards. Dred Scott statue and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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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
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11 N 4th St, Saint Louis, MO 63102-1810
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Reviewed yesterday

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 5 days ago

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

Thank eyesdoit
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The old courthouse was super beautiful! There's a small gift shop inside with some of the loveliest of St. Louis. The shop employee welcomed us warmly and made some great suggestions for our weekend. The old courthouse is right across the street from the Arch,...More

Thank Joann S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

carefully restored, this building ties us to the dilemma and tragedy of slavery in the US -- Dred Scott was tried here. It also ties to the career of Louis Brandeis. here you purchase tickets for the Arch. The history of settlement of the west...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a courthouse steeped in American history, including some of this country's not so positive history. The Dred Scott is very well laid out in the museum through displays and a movie. The park rangers in the museum were very helpful. The dome inside...More

Thank Kanda F
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of two of the Jefferson expansion memorial run by the NPS. It’s a beautiful building with interesting art and architecture. The dome is beautiful. It’s where the Dred Scott case took place and there is a courtroom and many displays. The kids...More

Thank NPandPNWTraveler
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place with great history on the inside. You can even go up tp the higher floors. We enjoyed the court room.

Thank clarkshanks
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love history and architecture so going here was a win-win. 4 stories of history and craftsmanship. The East staircase was built in 1854 and is still used today. Give yourself 1-2 hours to tour on our own, take pics, and enjoy the experience. Guided...More

Thank Nyormirror
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice that you can just look around on your own, but see that the park service did have a tour. Wish you could climb higher, but know they had to stop that due to fire dept. regulations.

Thank Carolyn D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We bought our tickets for the Arch here but felt the clerk wasn't realistic in the time frames he gave us. He did not account for long lines, security search at the Arch entry, etc. However, the courthouse itself was a work of art. The...More

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Phoenix52
11 July 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
13 March 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
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.
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