Old Courthouse

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.

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Latitude: 38.625703 Longitude: -90.189351 Elevation: 472 ft
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Hours Open

Summer (Saturday before Memorial Day – Labor Day), Daily, 7:30am–8pm Winter (Tuesday after Labor Day – Friday before Memorial Day), Daily, 8am–5pm Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Seasons Open


Visitor Fees


Accessibility Notes

Most of the first floor of the Old Courthouse is accessible to wheelchairs. On the first floor, it is necessary to climb two stairs to enter the theater or the Museum Shop. The upper floors of the Old Courthouse are reachable only by climbing stairs.

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