Union Station

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Union Station showing interior views and heritage elements

Once Kansas City’s busiest railroad depot, today this historic landmark is home to attractions such as museums, a planetarium and a theater.

Enjoy a day of family-friendly discovery and entertainment at Union Station. Have fun with interactive science exhibits, learn about the solar system and attend live theatrical shows. Inaugurated in 1914, Union Station served as the main railway station for Kansas City until its closure in 1985. This Beaux Arts-style architectural landmark opened as a tourist attraction in 1996. Intercity train services restarted in 2002.

A major highlight is the Science City at Union Station, a hands-on science and technology museum with activities suitable for all ages. Marvel at huge dinosaur fossils, join in a game of tug-of-war and observe as scientists perform experiments. Journey through American railroad history, be amazed by the illusions in a mock hotel and ride a bike along a 30-foot-high (9-meter) wire. Within the museum is the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium, where daily shows educate visitors about celestial objects.

Become a train enthusiast at the free Model Rail Experience. It features 8,000 square feet (740 square meters) of scale model train tracks and moving trains, which journey around a city layout. There’s also an area for traveling exhibits inside the station building. These exhibits cover a wide range of topics and in the past have included the discovery of King Tut, the Titanic and ancient mummies from around the world.

Sit on a comfortable leather seat in the modern, multiscreen theater and watch educational movies, history documentaries and Hollywood blockbusters. Enjoy performances by local drama companies at the 200-seat theater.

The site is located at the southern edge of the Crossroads Arts District. Get here easily by taking the free KC Streetcar from Downtown Kansas City. If you drive, use the parking available for a fee at a secure on-site garage. Nearby points of interest include the National World War I Museum and Memorial and the Sea Life Aquarium.

Union Station is open daily and admission to the building is free. The admission fees and opening hours of the individual attractions vary. Find more information and a list of current events on the station’s official website.

Top Hotels Close to Union Station

Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
4 out of 5
2345 McGee Street, Kansas City, MO
The price is $185 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in Crown Center District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Crown Center, Union Station, and Hallmark Visitors Center. Liberty Memorial and T-Mobile ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (989 reviews)
"Perfect"

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2022

Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
Loews Kansas City Hotel
Loews Kansas City Hotel
4 out of 5
1515 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, MO
The price is $199 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
Located in Crossroads Arts District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kansas City Convention Center and T-Mobile Center. Union Station and Crown Center ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (516 reviews)
"Very slick, new, corporate hotel."

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

Loews Kansas City Hotel
The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
4 out of 5
1 E Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO
The price is $199 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in Crown Center District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Union Station and Hallmark Visitors Center. T-Mobile Center and Kemper Museum of Contemporary ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (981 reviews)
"Property was beautiful. Our room was large, the bed comfortable and clean. My only complaint is that we were on a higher floor and the windows were so dirty you could barely see out them."

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2022

The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Union Station

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kansas City Beacon Hill
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kansas City Beacon Hill
2.5 out of 5
2321 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO
The price is $82 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kansas City Beacon Hill
Loews Kansas City Hotel
Loews Kansas City Hotel
4 out of 5
1515 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, MO
The price is $199 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
Loews Kansas City Hotel
The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
4 out of 5
1 E Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO
The price is $199 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
4 out of 5
2345 McGee Street, Kansas City, MO
The price is $185 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
Crossroads Hotel
Crossroads Hotel
4 out of 5
2101 Central St, Kansas City, MO
The price is $179 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Crossroads Hotel
Hotel Indigo Kansas City - The Crossroads, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Indigo Kansas City - The Crossroads, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2020 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, MO
The price is $123 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Hotel Indigo Kansas City - The Crossroads, an IHG Hotel
Home2 Suites by Hilton Kansas City Downtown
Home2 Suites by Hilton Kansas City Downtown
3 out of 5
2001 Main St, Kansas City, MO
The price is $114 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
Home2 Suites by Hilton Kansas City Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Kansas City Downtown Crossroads
Hampton Inn & Suites Kansas City Downtown Crossroads
2.5 out of 5
1571 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
The price is $131 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
Hampton Inn & Suites Kansas City Downtown Crossroads
Hotel Kansas City, in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Hotel Kansas City, in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
4 out of 5
1228 BALTIMORE AVE, Kansas City, MO
The price is $179 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Hotel Kansas City, in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.