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Old Courthouse

11 N 4th St, Saint Louis, MO 63102-1810
+1 314-655-1700
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Where the Dred SCot Case was held

Want to see some cool old architecture and learn some history? Go here. Well worth the visit and it... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Springfield, Missouri
Unexpected treasure for us!

Amazing spot with a lot of history that we did not even realize was here.... the sight of the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tom B
Gulfport, Mississippi
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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
11 N 4th St, Saint Louis, MO 63102-1810
+1 314-655-1700
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Reviewed yesterday

Want to see some cool old architecture and learn some history? Go here. Well worth the visit and it doesn't take long.

Thank crashphoenix
Reviewed 4 days ago

Amazing spot with a lot of history that we did not even realize was here.... the sight of the landmark Dred Scott case - one of the turning points in American history. The location is worth visiting for the history, the architecture, the exhibits.... go...More

Thank Tom B
Reviewed 5 days ago

The old coirthoise in St. Louis Missouri has columns and frontage with a grecian influence. A lovely period building.

Thank chickandbeast
Reviewed 1 week ago

The word "Dred" is misspelled in the review title because this deep piece of history is dedicated, in large part, to the legal battle of Dred Scott and his family to be lifted from the category of property to that of human being. It took...More

Thank Eric S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The kid's didn't want to go here at first, but enjoyed it once we were in the building. Lots of fun staircases to climb and they got to see some historic court rooms. The Park Ranger was amazing and let out kids sit at the...More

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am sure many tourists overlook this spot. It has some history in there aside from the Dred Scott case. Talk to a NP ranger and learn a little about the building after you see the exhibit.

2  Thank HitTheRoaders
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

you need to go here to purchase your tickets to the arch - very old with great architecture - a lot of history here

1  Thank funtraveler732
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Besides the building and ticket office for all Arch activity, the exhibits from the museum of Westward Expansion, Lewis and Clark, to the story of Dred Scott are beautifully presented and educational. Our 9,8,7 yr. grandkids were very engaged.

Thank 269beverlye
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the place you go to buy your tickets for the arch. But after that the history on the walls is wonderful. The dome is fabulous!. Take your time and read the history. Very informative. The gift shop is very nice.

1  Thank Julie B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very historic. Learned a lot about Dred Scott. Be sure to look up when your inside the dome. Beautiful

1  Thank Pat F
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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
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.