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Old Courthouse

Open today: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Nicely preserved history

This is well maintained site and you can go 3 floors up into the doom. It is the site of the first... read more

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New Port Richey, Florida

My teenage daughter and I loved the Old Courthouse! There's so much history here. She loved that... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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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
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Reviewed yesterday

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.

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Reviewed 4 days 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

Reviewed 5 days ago

So you're in the 3rd world country that is Downtown St Louis, then you see this. You think, "Wow! This must really be significant since it's noticeably older than all the surrounding structures!" So you walk over to it, and then..... well.....there it is. You...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I enjoyed learning about all the history of St. Louis and the area. The courthouse is amazing and tells many stories of how the west was settled, how people were impacted and how lives were changed. Check out the cast staircases still...More

Thank 62Vetteman
Reviewed 5 days ago

We could see the courthouse from the Arch, asked tour guide about it. He told use it was worth the walk over to it because of the beatiful architecture.

Thank Edward J
Reviewed 6 days ago

Pretty cool, to walk through two courtrooms and compare them to today. The Dred Scott case was tried here before heading for an appeal from the US Supreme Court in 1857. Do not miss.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

St. Louis' Old Courthouse is an important structure of both historical and architectural significance. It is a truly beautiful building and a great traveler's bargain. The cornerstone was laid on October 21, 1839, and the new building was officially opened on February 22, 1845. Dred...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A real St Louis landmark and a part of USA history in our very own frontyard. Fascinating and great views of the Arch.

Thank Robert E
Reviewed 1 week ago

History, such as the Dred Scott trial displays, was well presented and interesting. Be sure to check out the model of the original courthouse, sure brings it into perspective.

Thank DtheDawg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a beautiful rotunda in the Old Courthouse! The history this building has seen is just amazing! It's a free and open building, and right across the street from the Arch, it's well worth a visit, won't take much of your time. Tip: great spot...More

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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
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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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.