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Old Courthouse, Saint Louis

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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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  • We did a self guided tour to the top of the dome...It is beautiful. There are several court rooms with access so one can see and feel the history. I will definitely spend more time here on our next vi...  more »
  • Nice stop to pass threw and it's free! Best option o buy arch tickets at too! Pretty much just a museum explaining the founding of the city and such. 
  • Beautiful building . Lots of history. Nice displays . Homeless tend to hang out inside and can be a bit disruptive. It's free and would be of interest to school age kids and adults. 
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  • A great place for history buffs interested in the early days of St. Louis. Displays, pictures, and artifacts mske up the exhibits. A large gallery tells the story of the Dred Scott connection to St. Louis, as well as the whole issue of slavery during the time of the middle of the 19th century. Well worth a visit.
  • 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.
  • This place was beautiful. I loved the atmosphere and it was spaced out perfectly. I highly recommend this place if you want something fun and free!
  • 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.
  • Arch and documentary were great - old courthouse and it's history were also very good. Parking can be an issue, traffic in the area is definitely an issue.