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Oct 08

Kansas City Union Station: All Aboard

CeilingKansas City Union Station is a wonderful place to visit even if just for the amazing architecture.  It was opened in 1914 and encompasses 850,000 square feet of space.  When it opened it was the second-largest train station in the United States.  The massive expanse of the building is a marvel to walk through and there are photo opportunities galore.  Also, if you make a day of it and go across the street to the National World War I Museum, which is a wonderful museum, you can get great photos of the union station and the Kansas City skyline.
Kansas City Union StationThere is also a lot of history within the station.  On June 17th, 1933 four FBI agents were gunned down in a botched attempt by gang members to free captured mobster Frank Nash.  Nash was also killed in the gun battle.  This attempt to free Nash became known as the Kansas City Massacre.
Central Station Black and WhiteBesides the wonderful chance at getting some quality photographs there are also several things to do there.  Aside from the KC Rail Experience the station is also home to Science City which is a supposedly a hands-on science museum.  I say supposedly because Karen and I have never been inside it so we cannot give an accurate review one way or the other.  There is also the H&R Block City Stage Theater that has a variety of shows.  The Gottlieb Planetarium and 3-D movie screen, both the largest in the region are housed within Union Station.  The Kansas City Union Station also displays various temporary travel museum exhibits so check out their website to see what might be coming next.
Science City SignKaren and I have been to the Kansas City Union Station twice now and have enjoyed both of our experiences.  The first time we went there with our close friends Neil and Julie and just went there to check out the beautiful architecture and to explore the area.  The second time was with my mom who we invited to go sightseeing in Kansas City with us the last time we were in the area.  On our second trip, we got to see a lot more of the station and what it has to offer.
Karen and JulieBesides the architecture, probably the neatest free thing to see would be the model railroads, which were free when we were there, but you might want to double check that if you are planning a trip.  It says on the website that it is free with any Union Station ticket.  We did not have a ticket and just walked right in.  There were several different model homes and trains to look at including several that represented the West that I found particularly interesting.
Model RailroadThe Kansas City Union Station is a great place to go and see breathtaking architecture.  The 95 foot ceilings adorned with beautiful chandeliers make it worth your time to stop by.  A visit to the station is a great chance to let your imagination run wild and just think what it would have been like back in the 1940’s when over a half a million people a year were coming and going by train.
HallKansas City Union Station
Located at 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City Missouri
Hours of Operation- Open 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. the exhibits and attractions operate on different hours
Cost of Admission- the building is free but there is a charge for most of the attractions
For more information visit their website at http://www.unionstation.org/
Karen and Mom

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2 comments

  1. Stephanie

    Great post! There is just something about old fashioned train stations that is truly awe inspiring. I visited Denver’s Union Station a few weeks ago and fell in love with it too. This is on my list of must-see’s when I visit Kansas City!

    1. Kenny and Karen

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment- Karen and I really like the Kansas City Union Station and thanks for mentioning the Denver Station I did not even know they still had one the next time we are in that area we will have to check it out.!

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