Renovation of train station yields science theme attraction

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 Festival Plaza.

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.

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