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“The Old Courthouse”
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Old Courthouse
Ranked #17 of 254 things to do in Saint Louis
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Webster Groves, Missouri
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22 reviews
22 attraction reviews
“The Old Courthouse”
Reviewed November 28, 2012

It is currently undergoing some renovations, but it is a beautiful part of the St. Louis skyline and is always kept in great condition.

Thank Vicki C
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Marshall, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Love the old architecture”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

We enjoy old courthouses and capitols, and this one was interesting. We marvel at how these places were constructed back in their age. The history of courthouse is impressive as well. It is worth some time to spend here.

Visited October 2012
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Peoria, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed October 18, 2012

When visiting downtown St. Louis, take about 30 minutes to visit the Old Courthouse. This majestic structure will provide a glimpse into the history of the United States and the Dred Scott case. Plus, it is just one of several places to visit all within walking ditance when in downtown St. Louis. It is well worth the time.

Visited August 2012
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Venice, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Beautiful old building...very historic”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

We enjoyed our visit here, the location of the Dred Scott decision. Mock up of that courtroom is here as well as the history behind this event. Much of the inside has been restored and you can get a real feel of days gone by...and it's free!

Visited September 2012
Thank Gary B
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Scarborough, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Not a lot going on here”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

After the Arch and the Cathedral this place was a bit disappointing. Architcturally it was quite interesting to look around but the best thing was a video about the Dred Scott case. As a non-American I found this informative. You don't need more than an hour here.

Visited May 2012
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