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“Stand where history was made...”
Review of Old Courthouse

Old Courthouse
Ranked #16 of 273 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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed January 27, 2013

Great place! Beautiful and educational. Stand at the place that lit the fuse of the civil war. Outstanding rotunda area, two period courthouses restored to their former glory. Free...

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Reviewed January 25, 2013

The Old Courthouse in Saint Louis is just a few steps from the Museum of Westward Expansion and well worth a couple of hours. The building has been restored and is in great shape. It was the site of two historic court cases. The first is the famous or infamous Dred Scott case which was a major contributing factor to the Civil War. The rangers have done a great job in presenting a number of posters highlighting the case. That should not be missed. There's a ten minute film on the trial.
However, the rangers has a little exhibit on the Minor versus Happersett which involved the right to vote for women. This deserves a little more space.
There is also four rooms highlighting the history of St Louis. These are very interesting.

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Reviewed January 11, 2013

We appreciated going into the old court house. We thought it was beautiful. We learned a lot in watching the short film about Dred Scott and the exhibits. Not much for kids to do. There is a gift shop. Nice view of the arch.

1  Thank mrjonesii
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Tip: It opens at 8 am, before the Arch. So you could take a look before you go to the Arch - if you are a morning person :)

Pros: facts about slavery, beautiful old building, a piece of History

I highly recommend a visit. I could read some facts about this courthouse relevance during the slavery period. Namely about the Dred Scott Case. It's truly impressive.

Thank HelenaGuerra
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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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