Saint Louis Historical Old Courthouse
2012 Date Bar
St. Louis Attractions Guide St. Louis Entertainment St. Louis Hotels Guide St. Louis Area Golf Guide St. Louis Job News and Opportunities St. Louis Metropolitan Map St. Louis News Today St. Louis Area Parks St. Louis Fine Restaurant Guide St. Louis Online Shopping Guide St. Louis Online Shopping Guide St. Louis Weather St. Louis Area Wineries
Saint Louis Historical Old Courthouse
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
11 N. 4th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
Tram Tickets

"When you think Saint Louis, think Saint Louis Front Page," a weekly publication covering the news and events in the greater St. Louis area.

Saint Louis Front Page News
Red DotSt. Louis News
Red DotCommunity Info
Red DotSt. Louis CitySide
Red DotBusiness News
Red DotSt. Charles News
Red DotSouthwest, IL News
Red DotArt Gallery News
Red DotHotel News
Red DotRestaurant News
Red DotStyle St. Louis
Red DotNot Just For Kids
Downtown Saint Louis Map
Red DotDowntown Map
Red DotAmerica's Center
Red DotBusch Stadium
Red DotGateway Arch
Red DotScottrade Center
Red DotLaclede's Landing
Red DotOld Courthouse
Red DotUnion Station
Red DotWashington Avenue
St. Louis Metropolitan Map
Red DotMetropolitan Map
Red DotCasinos
Red DotCentral West End
Red DotClayton, MO
Red DotDaniel Boone Home
Red DotGrand Center
Red DotGrant's Farm
Red DotForest Park
Red DotKimmswick, MO
Red DotMO Botanical Garden
Red DotSoulard
Red DotSt. Charles, MO
University City
Red DotWest Port Plaza
Red DotTransportation
Red DotLambert Airport
Kansas City Front Page
Red DotKC Hotel Guide
Red DotNelson Atkins
Red DotKC Fountains
Red DotLocal Attractions
Red DotPower & Light District
Red DotSprint Center

How To Reach:
St. Louis Front Page
3832 S Broadway Street
St. Louis, MO 63118

Office: 314-771-0200
Fax: 314-771-0300

To submit news, contact:

To advertise, contact:

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.

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

Steps above the first floor:
Between first and second floor 33 steps
Between second and third floor 22 steps
Between third floor and the balcony 22 steps
The floor level changes in the upper floors, and single steps separate these different levels.

A wheelchair lift provides access to the Old Courthouse from Broadway, on the west side of the building. The exhibits and rest rooms on the first floor of the Old Courthouse are fully accessible.

Assistive listening devices are available for the theater.

Access Pass:
If you are a U.S. citizen and have a permanent disability, you may obtain a free Access Pass at the Gateway Arch Information Desk or at the Old Courthouse Museum Shop. The passport allows free admission to federal areas which charge an entrance fees and provides reductions for other types of user fees.

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.

Special Events Calendarspacer Sportsspacer
Restaurants spacerHotels

red line
Moore Design Group The Saint Louis Front Page is owned and maintained by the Moore Design Group for the sole purpose of disseminating news and information about the Metropolitan Saint Louis area. Text or graphics may not be copied, rewritten or distributed in any manner whatsoever without written permission. For more information, contact All rights reserved world wide © 1996 - 2015 Moore Design Group.
Thin Red Line
St. Louis and Kansas City Vacation Savings at Drury Hotels
Vacation Savings at
Drury Hotels

St. Louis Front Page - Special Events Calendar


St. Louis Restaurant Guide

Red DotArchived story: First Statue In U.S. Honoring Dred Scott Unveiled at Historic Old Courthouse