Old Courthouse

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  • Address: 11 N 4th St, St Louis, MO 63102, United States, Saint Louis
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 04:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-3146551600
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Family And Kids, Architecture , Court

In 1846, the slave Dredd Scott fought for his freedom, and that of his family in a court of law. In 1872, Virginia Minor attempted to be the first woman to vote in a St. Louis election and was sent to court. What do these two incidents have in common? There were great acts of courage and fights for equality. The third thing similarity is that both these history changing battles took place in the Old Courthouse.

The Old Courthouse dates back to 1864, when it was first built as a combination federal and state house of law. In fact, the man who donated the land to the city, Judge John Baptiste Lucas, insisted that the land be “used forever as the site on which the courthouse of the County of St. Louis should be erected.” Though the building only served this purpose till 1930, it’s still a hive of activity now since it has been turned into a period display. The courtrooms, artifacts and chronology of events leading to the landmark decisions that were made are well organized and create an interesting environment conducive to both learning and questioning.

  • It’s beautiful soft green dome is recognizable from any point of the city and, with its interiors painted a delicate combination of pastels, the building greatly appeals to lovers of architecture, engineering and beauty in general.
  • There are murals that depict historic events, restored courtrooms, and various exhibitions that highlight St. Louis political evolution throughout the years.
  • Why wasn’t Dredd Scott granted his freedom? And why wasn’t Miss Minor allowed to vote? Take a look back and see how the freedoms we’re so comfortable with today were formed out of years of agitation. Special steps have been taken to display the Dredd Scott and Virginia Minor cases, as these were two pivotal incidents in the social development of the region.
  • The Museum Shop carries a wide selection of books, videos, apparel and educational toys, including a large selection of products related to St. Louis history, African-American history, and the Dredd Scott case.

Old Courthouse Travel Tips

  • The galleries will be closed for renovations until March 2015.
  • It is very close to Busch Stadium, The Gateway Arch and many other famous Saint Louis sights.
  • Call in advance to find out which parts are still open to visitors.
  • A highlight is a 17 minute film titled ‘Slavery on Trial: The Dred Scott Decision’.

How to Reach Old Courthouse

  • Get off at the 8th and Pine MetroLink Station.
  • Take a bus that goes to North Broadway at Chestnut Street.

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  • Old Courthouse Address: 11 N 4th St, St Louis, MO 63102, United States, Saint Louis
  • Old Courthouse Contact Number: +1-3146551600
  • Old Courthouse Timing: 08:00 am - 04:30 pm
  • Time required to visit Old Courthouse: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 46.47% of people who visit Saint Louis include Old Courthouse in their plan

  • 31.87% of people start their Old Courthouse visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Old Courthouse

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

71.05% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Old Courthouse

People normally club together Scottrade Center and Gateway Arch while planning their visit to Old Courthouse.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Old Courthouse Reviews & Ratings

  • Fantastic place to visit. The history in this place is amazing. The volunteers are really friendly and knowledgeable. My kids loved going to all the different floors and looking at the lobby from above. Well worth the time.

  • Historic and beautiful structure. We did a walk through but there were NP staffers there to answer questions or point out details as well. Many interesting and dramatic architectural details...the beautiful staircase, the wood accents, the dome, and of course the events that occurred in the building. You can view two courtrooms of different time periods, that are used for tours, also field trips for school children who reenact a pretend case, mock trials such as "the stolen bubble gum" or similar... a big hit!

  • Beautiful scenery. Such cleanliness. The electric scooters automatically slow down in the area to prevent accidents. Beautiful spot for sight seeing and enjoying the view!

  • An underrated historic landmark in St. Louis. The exhibit about the Scott case is well presented. I enjoyed my time there. Took about 1.5 hours to do everything in the place. I was hoping there was a tour, but there was not the day I was there. Check the board near the Ranger desk for tour times/availability.

  • This review is for “Old Courthouse”. Some people can’t read and leave their construction Arch reviews here. Place is gorgeous. The art inside the dome is magnificent. Nice historical displays and replica courtrooms. Great stop for people of all ages.

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