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Old Courthouse

11 N 4th St, Saint Louis, MO 63102-1810
+1 314-655-1700
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Beautiful Courthouse, excellent museum

What a great free place to visit in downtown St. Louis. There are several reasons for your... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
B1714D
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Belgrade, Serbia
Beautiful Historic Courthouse - lots of history inside.

A great place to visit, pretty and educational. Make sure to climb the stairs to the very top, and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
frogdbs
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Chittenden, Vermont
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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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11 N 4th St, Saint Louis, MO 63102-1810
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Reviewed 3 days ago

What a great free place to visit in downtown St. Louis. There are several reasons for your visit. 1. First of all, it's a beautiful Neoclassical bldg set right in the heart of downtown, making contrast to surrounding modern glass and steel ones. 2. It...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

A great place to visit, pretty and educational. Make sure to climb the stairs to the very top, and to visit the courtroom where the first Dred Scott decision was rendered. We managed to get a National Park guide giving a short presentation to just...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was told about The Old Courthouse by a high school classmate who'd visited St Louis several times. I am so glad I listened to him. This is a beautiful building, with an incredibly helpful staff ... from the personnel running the gift shop, to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Want to get some great travel photos from your trip to St. Louis regardless of weather? Step inside the courthouse, the dome is a photogenic beauty. Check out some of the pix on this site to get an idea of what to shoot. A visit...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are into history, and wish to see where the Dred Scott case was held, or you wish to buy tickets to ride the arch in the winter: the Old Courthouse is for you. The building is very pretty, but there is not much...More

Thank Markibility
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Reviewed 15 January 2018

The old court house is where you have to go to buy tickets to the arch, but it is a nice visit, an old court house with a characteristic decoration. I like the visit.

Thank Mauricio M
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Reviewed 27 December 2017

If you enjoy even a little of the history of the U.S., stop in the Old Courthouse and get a ranger-led tour. We were able to spend time with a ranger. He was an excellent raconteur and we left with significantly more information than if...More

Thank Robert M
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Reviewed 19 December 2017 via mobile

We stopped in the Old Courthouse before we went to the Arch. The staff was friendly and helpful. The North Wing is under renovation, with a completion date of 7/18. There is a lot of historical displays to look at also.

Thank JHill279
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Reviewed 5 December 2017

The Old Courthouse is a historical landmark that was built between 1839 and 1862. It's a great stop on the way to the Gateway Arch. The Courthouse was stunning with impressive architecture and design with an enormous US flag in the main lobby area. The...More

1  Thank Lenore R
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

Stopped on my way to the Arch and was amazed at the history of this site. It's been decades since I learned about the Dred Scott decision and was so moved by the historic displays and monument.

1  Thank Naturespeak
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Phoenix52
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
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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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