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Old Courthouse

Open today: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Interesting history

Beautiful old courthouse with an interesting history. View courtrooms, informative displays and... read more

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A musical marvel

You wouldn't think that an old courthouse would have anything to do with music, but this one does... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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“arch tickets”(39 reviews)
Walk the halls where ordinary Americans made civil rights history. Built in 1839, the Old Courthouse is a prime example of mid-19th century federal architecture. But it is two landmark cases that secure its place in history. Beginning in 1847, the...more
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11 N 4th St, Saint Louis, MO 63102-1810
+1 314-655-1700
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautiful old courthouse with an interesting history. View courtrooms, informative displays and gorgeous rotunda with beautiful murals. There is a ranger on site to answer questions, and it’s free!

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Reviewed 2 days ago

You wouldn't think that an old courthouse would have anything to do with music, but this one does. We arrived with about 30 minutes till closing and had the pleasure of having a group of young men visiting standing in the middle of the rotunda...More

Thank David D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I’d like that it was open early while I was waiting for the Archway to open. Did not know about much of the history of the courthouse. I’m glad I got to see it. You get to roam around the place and see all the...More

Thank rpperkins1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn't spend much time in there as it isn't entertaining for kids. We did get some nice photos though. It doesn't take long to go through this if you are planning out a time frame. You can figure less than an hour if you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My only regret is not having more time to explore the history contained in this grand building. Hold on, this is way more than history. An amazing combination of American Grandeur (Flags and Americana Patriotism), hIstory, and architecture. Don’t forget to ask about the turtles...More

Thank Paul D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its always a good place to stop to see how St Louis got its start. Its so nice they keep this up to date. History buffs a must

Thank freddiemer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looked at it from the outside and looking through the arch grassed area was a great picture of downtown

Thank dixiedog2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked around the courthouse and enjoyed the history. Its beautiful on the inside. It's free so what is there to complain about?

Thank tatormae
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is well maintained site and you can go 3 floors up into the doom. It is the site of the first Dred Scott trials.

Thank cppptravel11125
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My teenage daughter and I loved the Old Courthouse! There's so much history here. She loved that she could learn more about the Dred Scott decision here since she, coincidentally, had just going over it in school. I personally loved the original staircase and the...More

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12 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
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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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.