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Old Courthouse

Map & Directions 11 N. Fourth St.
St. Louis, MO 63102
  • Daily 8am-4:30pm


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The majestic Old Courthouse has remained over the past 150 years as one of St. Louis' most prominent architectural landmarks. Plan your visit to see all the permanent exhibits and special events! The Old Courthouse was the site of the first two trials of the pivotal Dred Scott case in 1847 and 1850. It was also where Virginia Minor's case for a woman's right to vote came to trial in the 1870s. You may tour this historic structure, and visit the restored courtrooms to learn more about our 19th century judicial system.

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  • USA TODAY on 11/22/10

    At this courthouse, the slave Dred Scott filed his legal battle for freedom, and suffragist Virginia Minor brought her case for women's voting rights, too. Exhibits document both cases.

  • STLtoday on 08/06/11

    On June 11, 1861, in the Planters House hotel, next to the (Old) Courthouse, Gov. Claiborne Fox Jackson pressed Union Capt. Nathaniel Lyon to disband his militia. Lyon's response: "This means war."

  • Jake S. on 04/15/13

    Standing on the steps, you can get a great photo of the Arch. You can even use the steps themselves to place your timer-set camera on. And who says history has no use?

  • LaTease R. on 07/31/10

    @the Old Courthouse. Scene of the famous Dred Scott Case

  • Casi M. on 06/09/11

    The giftshop has this amazing replicas of US Docs. Really cheap too! (2 dollars)

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