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“A lot of history here”
Review of Old Courthouse

Old Courthouse
Ranked #17 of 258 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 young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Hagerstown, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
219 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“A lot of history here”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We had missed the Old courthouse on some of our stops at St. Louis. This old courthouse is just beautiful inside and outside. Standing outside, you are facing the Arch, this makes such a beautiful picture. Inside, there is a 20 minute film on the Dred Scott Decision. The art inside this museum is fantastic and gives a great history of early times in St Louis that includes a history of the Louisianna purchase. I really enjoyed the visit

Visited July 2013
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172 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Really hot & stuffy in summer”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We started on the park services' guided tour but it was really hot and stuffy in the building with a lot of other hot smelly tourists. The park guide had a lot of detailed interesting information but we gave up on the tour and looked around. It's free.

Visited July 2013
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60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Don't miss this historic stop”
Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

Its just a quick stop while you are downtown St. Louis. You could take a walk through after a day Cards game or with a trip to the nearby Gayeway Arch.
Its a perfect spot for children because it is not huge and overwhelming yet you can toss in some history before they even catch on that they are learning.
The City Park is just down the road and that's always a good time for the last kids as well. With a little planning you can make a day of the downtown spots without breaking the banks.

Visited August 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Interesting and free!”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

Well worth a look - particularly if you are interested in the Dredd Scott case. Wonderful old building with the old courts still there for you to see and imagine how it must have been in the old days............!

Visited May 2013
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Danville, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Blast from the past”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

The architecture was great. Very interesting and free. There was a lot of history and good exhibits to look at.

Visited June 2013
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