KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City's historic Union Station reopened
as Science City, a new theme attraction.
The $250 million renovation and restoration project includes
hands-on science displays, theaters and retail areas. The former
grand hall features restaurants and shops, Science City and the
At Science City, visitors can experience such interactive
exhibits as an astronaut training center, a newsroom, a prehistoric
dig and the construction of a high-rise building.
With more than 950,000 square feet of space, the facility
includes three theaters and five restaurants.
Restaurants include Fitz's Bottling Co. (with a root beer
microbrewery); Union Cafe (which takes over the station's ticket
booth), and Pierponts, a full-service restaurant and bar.
Theaters are:City Extreme Screen, with a five-story screen that shows
"Mysteries of Egypt" during the day and "Encounters of the Third
Dimension," a 3-D experience, at night.City Stage, featuring "Union Station Stories," a one-person
show with multimedia images on the state's history. At night, "City
Rhythm," a musical cabaret with special effects, is shown.City Dome, a multimedia, domed theater and planetarium,
features "Star Leap" during the day. "Pop Mania," a pop-culture
presentation, is available at night.
Theater productions last 30 to 45 minutes. The station opened in
1914 and closed in 1983. In 1996, voters in four Missouri and
Kansas counties approved a financing plan to restore the station
and build Science City.
For further information, including group packages and programs,
contact Science City at (816) 460-2080 or fax (816) 460-2268.