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“Old Building Still has IT!!!”
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.
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Franklin, Tennessee
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Old Building Still has IT!!!”
Reviewed 5 November 2013

The Old Courthouse in St Louis, MO is both a historic gem and a great photo op with the great Arch in the background. The NP ranger on duty was very helpful, the interpretive panels and exhibits were museum quality. A "top shelf" historical attraction. See the courtroom where the Dred-Scott trial took place in the mid1800's. The Rotunda is especially impressive. Nice gift shop on site as well. Definitely worth the 30-45 minutes to view the exhibits. No elevator ....only STEPS!

Visited November 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Interesting and enjoyable”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

I was pleasantly surprised. It was walking distance from my hotel so I decided to check it out. The architecture was beautiful. The paintings were worth the visit alone. There was a great exhibit about Dredd Scott. I would add it to the list of things to see.

Visited October 2013
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Winnipeg, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
170 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Unexpected highlight”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

I honestly wasn't going to bother with this place but we needed to kill time. We were there on a Sunday morning not very busy. We wondered around for about an hour. I fell in love with the place. Starting with the fact it's free! The old architecture and paintings on the walls were fabulous! I was also surprised by the amount of history that had happened there. Be sure to make time for this place!

Visited September 2013
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Gilbert, AZ
Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Lovely building, nice exhibits”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

The old courthouse is in excellent condition with historic exhibits of St. Louis and some wonderful murals on the walls. Staff was very nice and they will let you lay on the floor to view the interior of the dome. Worth the lie-down. :)

Visited September 2013
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Monroe, New York
Level 4 Contributor
49 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Could be better”
Reviewed 13 October 2013

The architecture and history of this courthouse was great. There was a great exhibit about Dredd Scott which was very informative. There was also a fantastic art exhibit depicting the history of Missouri - beautiful work. However, there was just as much that was not well organized or labeled. We ended up leaving because we were walking through all of these rooms with all of these old historical artifacts which were NOT labeled. We had many questions and there was nobody around to ask and nothing to read about it.

Such a beautiful building with such great history that took place here, yet so disappointing because I wanted to learn more about it.

Visited September 2013
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