Exhibit Hours

Sunday 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
Tuesday-Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m

Please note: On Oct. 12, the exhibit closes early at 6 p.m. (last entry 5 p.m.)

The exhibit is open these holiday Mondays: December 23; December 30

Ticket Prices

Adults (ages 13 +) [Time-specific ticket] $18.95
Seniors (ages 55 +) [Time-specific ticket] $18.95
Child (3-12) $14.50
Member Adults $12.50
Member Child $10.00
Student and Adult Group prices available for groups of 15 or more

Student groups: $12.00
Adult groups: $15.00


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Admission Information

Last entry into Real Pirates will occur 60 minutes prior to closing on all dates.

Tickets to Real Pirates will be timed-entry tickets, offered at 15-minute intervals.

Guests must be at the Exhibition entrance at the time noted on their ticket. Those buying an Anytime Ticket can enter at an unspecified time.


Special Real Pirates Membership Offer

Take advantage of our Union Station membership offer that will enable you to see Real Pirates for a greatly reduced price off the general admission prices. For only $85, you’ll receive all of the following:

  • Year-long Union Station Family Membership (for a family of four)
  • Discounted prices on Real Pirates exhibit tickets, saving more than $20 over regular prices for a family of four
  • Free admission for the family into Science City during your membership term
  • Free admission for the family to the planetarium shows during your membership term
  • 1 bag of free popcorn per movie per membership at Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre movies
  • Discounts on purchases in shops and restaurants located inside of Union Station
  • eNewsletter and special member-only offers

Plus, you can buy additional Real Pirates tickets at the discounted member rate for as many times as you visit (for those covered under the membership). You can join as a Union Station member for as little as $7/month!

Visit our Membership Page to take advantage of this offer or call the Membership Hotline at (816) 460-2020

Exhibit Extras

Go from landlubber to First Mate in a day!
Add an Audio Tour to your experience: $3

Visit the Real Pirates exhibit and then add-on Kansas City’s Science Museum, Science City, for only $8/person

Purchase Tickets

  • Online: Purchase tickets for future dates online now!.
  • By Phone: Call (816) 460-2020. Call center hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • At Union Station: Tickets may be purchased at the box office located on level B, open 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily. On Fridays and Saturdays, the box office will be open till 6 p.m.

Ticket Pick-Up

  • Pick up timed-entry tickets at Will Call Desk at the ticket office inside Union Station located on level B.