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Old Courthouse, Saint Louis

Categories: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
Visit one of the city's most famous landmarks at Old Courthouse, the site of the beginnings of the famous Dred Scott court case. Completed in 1864, the 59 m (192 ft) tall building has long been an integral part of the local skyline. Join a guided tour of the domed building to learn more about its historical significance, including the 1846 case in which the escaped slave Dred Scott sued for his freedom, a pivotal moment in the lead-up to the Civil War. View the impressive interior of the courthouse, including the dome's decorative ceiling and several restored courtrooms dating to the early 20th century. Keep in mind that you must organize tours in advance by phone with the park rangers. Use our Saint Louis vacation generator to add Old Courthouse and other attractions to your Saint Louis vacation plans.
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  • This building is pretty nice. Just go around and enjoy the place and the surrounding garden. Pick a nice day 
  • Doesn't take a long time to see but well worth stopping. We just walked in and looked to the top of the dome, but there is some interesting artwork and an exhibit that we didn't have time to see. The ...  read more »
  • We waited here while our guide got tickets for other attractions and it was well worth the wait with displays related to the Dred - Scott court case and other aspects of the history of St Louis 
  • forgotten STL gem. Nice museum and such history. you can climb 3 levels up and get a real feel for the charm of the building which is one of the oldest downtown. Took in laws there and had a great time. Nice shop too with some great books.
  • Currently you have to go to the old courthouse to buy tickets for the arch. Assuming that doesn't change it's a great way to do two things at once. Get your arch passes and then stick around and view the amazing architecture as we as the deep, entering history of the city, it's streets. And it's monuments. Fun and educational at the same time.
  • Love the old courthouse. Tons of great history, architecture and exhibits. Security is a bit lacking as we were cased by three different people who were intent on mugging us. If you go, just remember to keep an eye out for suspicious characters.
  • I have been to the ST. Louis Arch a few times but because of the construction on that site, we had to go to the Old Court House for tickets. It was a wonderful detour. I didn't know all the history of that courthouse and the interior was beautiful. I recommend bringing the kids to see this piece of history.
  • People there were nice and helpful, and really had a bit of cool stuff. Loved it there
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