Union Station, Kansas City (must see)
Kansas City's Union Station was built in 1914 and, at its peak, saw over 670,000 passengers pass through annually. Union Station was built to replace the earlier 1878 Union Depot, which had been damaged by flood and had grown too small for the city's bustling growth. Its rail service declined steadily after the 1950s, and it was closed in 1985.
The designer of the beautiful building was Jarvis Hunt, a proponent of the City Beautiful movement. Built in the Beaux-Arts style, it was the third-largest train station in the country when it opened. The ceiling of the Grand Hall is 95 feet tall, with three chandeliers that weigh 3,500 pounds each. In 1999 the station reopened as a museum and public attraction. In 2002, Amtrack began service from Kansas City's Union Station.
Why You Should Visit
Science City is an interactive science city with hands-on exhibits for all ages.
Other on-site attractions include the Regnier Extreme Screen, the largest 3D theater in the area at five and a half stories tall. There's also the H&R Block City Stage Theatre for live shows and the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, home to the Kansas City Ballet.
Various museum exhibitions are shown from time to time, and the region's largest planetarium is found here. There are also historical exhibits about the golden age of train travel and a model train exhibit.
- There's a lot to see and do here; make sure to check out the venue's website for current theater and movie screenings and times.
- Don't miss traveling exhibitions that occasionally pass through town.
Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm- 5 pm.
Want to visit this sight? Check out these Self-Guided Walking Tours in Kansas City. Alternatively, you can download the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.
Union Station on Map
Sight Location: Kansas City, USA (See walking tours in Kansas City)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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