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Reviewed September 10, 2019

A well preserved courthouse of historical significance both in the decisions related to settling the western part of the United States and the Dred Scott decision that pre-dated and started the debates that led to the Civil War. If only the walls could talk! The staff were friendly and knowledgeable so they did the talking for us modern visitors. A well preserved dignified building.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank cecimino
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Reviewed August 29, 2019

The Old Courthouse is part of the Gateway Arch National park, which is far more famous for the Arch itself. However, the Old Courthouse is a separate attraction (although located very nearby). Admission is free. This courthouse was made famous by the Dred Scott case, which was heard here. There is a movie and a small exhibit on the case. There are additional exhibitions on the first floor. You are able to see a couple of the old courtrooms, and enjoy the beautiful architecture and paintings.

We went in mid-August, but apparently the summer help for the Park Service had already departed to go back to school which meant no docent-led tours. If you want a tour, I would definitely call ahead and see if they are offered.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank KDAA
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Reviewed August 27, 2019 via mobile

We were very impressed with the Old Courthouse. The park service rangers were very helpful and answered a number of questions that we had although we did not go on a formal tour.

The building itself is notable for its design and the exhibits are very well done. We watched a video on the Lewis and Clark expedition and another video on the Dred Scott case that was quite informative and moving. It was heartbreaking to see the injustices perpetrated against other individuals, allegedly in relation to the law but actually in the service of politics. The parallels with our current court system were also striking.

Overall, we were very glad we visited and would highly recommend it.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank LotsaTraveling
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Reviewed August 24, 2019

While I was in St Louis, i stopped by the Pld
Courthouse. Learned a lot. It’s a beautiful old building with lots of details that you just don’t see any more. It’s close to the ballpark and arch, so I recommend stopping in while there.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank erin m
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Reviewed August 6, 2019

I love history so I enjoyed seeing the Old Courthouse where the Dred Scott case was first heard, but it would not be really interesting for children. The downstairs had an interesting display about the Dred Scott case and many photos. The two courtrooms that are supposed to be really interesting involve a long walk up a steel winding staircase. I was not able to go up there with my bad knee. The people who were able to walk up there really enjoyed seeing them.

Date of experience: August 2019
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