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Historic Old Courthouse

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Monuments, Historic Sites, Statues & Structures, School Trip, Educational, Cultural, Historical, Touristy, Volunteer/Charity
11 N 4th St, St Louis, MO
URL: Historic Old Courthouse  Phone: 314-655-1600

Activity Overview

Historic old Courthouse in St. Louis Missouri, is one of the most prominent architectural landmarks, with a history of over 150 years, it gives an insight into the 19th century judicial system. The old courthouse has a history of hundreds of lawsuits for freedom, historic courthouse was a pioneer for some major 19th century trials that led to prominent changes in the American lifestyle and culture.

One of the most revolutionary trials to take place in this Courthouse was that of Dred Scott, who had sued for his and his wife's freedom from slavery, in 1847 and 1850. This historic landmark and museum displays exhibits, sculptures and paintings, the landmark is now part of the National Park Service.

Things to Do

  • Enjoy the magnificent building and the architecture in the Old Courthouse, travel back in time, a historic building of significance, where many legal challenges against slavery were made, in the 19th century.
  • Go on a free tour with a tour guide, and enjoy the history of the Courthouse, inside out.
  • The historic significance of the courthouse is overwhelming, the first floor of the courthouse houses the museum of historical exhibits. The dome is just spectacular, and the balconies and columns can make one awestruck.
  • Children must visit to understand the American judicial history, many exhibits and paintings trace back to the history of St. Louis.
  • Children should get to learn about the history of the beginning of the end of slavery in America. Don't forget to show your children a short film made on the Scott slavery case.

Insider Tips

  • Educational items for children are available.
  • A gift shop displays gifts for family and friends.
  • Photographs are permitted.

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