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Saint Louis Historical Old Courthouse
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
11 N. 4th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
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Old Courthouse Serves As Gateway Arch Ticketing Center
Visitors have waited in long lines at the historic Old Courthouse, since it became the Gateway Arch Ticketing & Visitor Center during Arch Museum construction.
Historic Old Courthouse
The Courthouse, designed by architect William Rumbold and modeled after the wrought and cast iron dome after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, served as the site where Dred Scott, a slave, attempted to sue for freedom for himself and his family, and is a nationally significant African-American historic site.

The National Park Service maintains, preserves and operates the Old Courthouse as part of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

Old Courthouse Serves As Gateway Arch Ticketing & Visitor Center During Arch Museum Construction
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, March 3, 2015 - The Museum of Westward Expansion, located below the Gateway Arch, has been closed to make way for entirely new museum exhibits and visitor experience in association with the CityArchRiver 2015 project.

The Gateway Arch will remain open and will continue to offer Journey to the Top tram rides during this time; however, due to the limited capacity of the entire Gateway Arch facility, a timed ticket is required to enter the Arch.

Journey to the Top tram ride tickets or Arch Entry-Only tickets can be purchased in person at the Old Courthouse or online at or by phone at 877-982-1410.

Other operational changes in effect:

  • The Old Courthouse will serve as the Ticketing and Visitor Center for the Gateway Arch during construction.
  • A Journey to the Top ticket ($10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 3-15) includes a tram ride as well as a showing of the award-winning film Monument to the Dream, which documents the construction of the Arch (based on availability).
  • An Arch Entry-Only ticket ($3 for adults, free for kids) allows access into the Arch facility and admission to Monument to the Dream (based on availability).
"With the closure of the Museum of Westward Expansion, the number of people that can safely be in the Arch facility at one time is much lower," said Ann Honious, Chief, Museum Services and Interpretation, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. "Timed tickets will allow us to regulate the number of people who enter the Arch facility every day. In order to guarantee entrance to the Arch on the day of your planned visit, we strongly advise all guests to purchase their Journey to the Top and Arch Entry-Only tickets prior to the day of their visit at, in person at the Old Courthouse, or by calling 877-982-1410."

During the winter, the Old Courthouse is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the Arch is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the summer (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day), Old Courthouse is open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; the Arch is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Saint Louis Historical Old Courthouse
ST. LOUIS, MO, ( - In 1826, construction of the original Federal Style Courthouse began on land donated for use as a public square by Auguste Chouteau and J.B.C. Lucas. Construction on the existing Greek Revival style Courthouse began in 1839 and continued through several transitions until 1862.

The courthouse was the scene of many rallies, speeches and several important trials, including the suit by Dred Scott for freedom from slavery and Suffragist Virginia Louisa Minor for the right to vote.

A special exhibit, Dred Scott, Slavery and The Struggle to Be Free, is currently on display in the Rotunda of the Old Courthouse. The exhibit describes several aspects of African-American society and culture, from slavery to free black business owners to the "colored aristocracy" of rich landowners.

In 1940, the city of St. Louis deeded the Old Courthouse to the Federal Government. Today, this nineteenth-century courthouse features restored courtrooms, a decorated dome, Dioramas, the "Gateway To The West" film and galleries depicting the history of St. Louis.

The Old Courthouse, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park, is open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is free.

The park features the Gateway Arch, designed by architect Eero Saarinen who won the design competition in 1947. The stainless steel structure rises 630 feet high from a 60-foot foundation and spans 630 feet at ground level. Its classic weighted catenary curve sways 1/2" - 1" in 20 mph wind. Construction on the nation's tallest memorial began in 1961 with the "topping out" in 1965 and dedication in 1966.

At night, horse drawn carriages and live music add to the downtown atmosphere. Nearby, sightseeing excursions offer additional choices for entertainment.

Directions: The Old Courthouse is located at 11 North Fourth Street, just west of the Gateway Arch. The building is approximately two blocks north of Busch Stadium, home of St. Louis Cardinals baseball. Approximately five blocks to the north is the America's Center and Dome Stadium, home of the St. Louis Rams football. The Scottrade Center, home of the St. Louis Blues, is located just 10 blocks west of the Old Courthouse.

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