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Old Courthouse

Open today: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Well maintained old courthouse. Nicely decorated. Great interior. Good job of keeping history in... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Amazingly free and good use of an hour before or after the Gateway Arch, telling the story of how... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Southampton, United Kingdom
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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
+1 314-655-1700
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed October 19, 2017 via mobile

Visiting the Courthouse and the Dred and Harriet Scott statue was a highlight to my husband and my St. Louis trip. As an African American, immersing myself in the displays and physically being in the Courthouse which held the Dred Scott trial which literally changed...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed October 19, 2006

The old courthouse is historical. I've heard they have great Christmas concerts. But for tourists on a tight schedule.... there are SO many wonderful things to see and do, I wouldn't waste time at the Courthouse! I was there with a friend because it was...More

2  Thank Pani_B
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Well maintained old courthouse. Nicely decorated. Great interior. Good job of keeping history in the modern courthouse

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Amazingly free and good use of an hour before or after the Gateway Arch, telling the story of how slaves remained with no rights to citizenship in a shocking period of American 19th century history.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Magnificent building that provides a wonderful array of historical photos and information. The structure itself is beautiful and the location allows you an opportunity to go to the Arch while in the area.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The building self is beautiful, the interior, the pastel colour of the dome and the wall is very peacefull though the history of what happened in this building in the past was just the opposite.

Thank Solodam J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see when in St. Louis. Plan to include this when you go to the Arch. It is across the street and is a beautiful building filled with great exhibits and information. Don't miss checking it out.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This federal style courthouse was completed in 1828 on land donated by Auguste Chouteau and Judge Lucas.. The design was byt the same architect as the Old Cathedral. Over the past two centuries, there have been several additions, restorations and extensive remodeling of the original...More

Thank Gabriel H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful courthouse! It takes your breath away when you first enter it. It is wonderful to see the history!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I great place to learn about the history of some of Saint Louis's most important court cases that affected the entire country.

Thank Timothy W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The architecture and views around the arch grounds, courthouse, and cathedral are great not to mention the food and St Louis hot spots just block's away.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was very interesting. Not crowded, but plenty to see. The building itself is full of things you don't see often, like the fancy staiways and tall doors. The museum displays were interesting and well done. Nothing fancy about it - but a step into...More

Thank Peggy H
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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.