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Union Station Blueprint

Architectural Masterpiece. Living History. A place for great adventure. Where Kansas City Connects. All of these phrases – and more – are regularly used to describe Union Station. Visitors of all ages, from all places and for all reasons tie Union Station to special and magical moments from their lives. What a great honor it is to be caretakers of this history and makers of its magnificent future!

About Union Station

Built in 1914, Union Station opens her arms with 850,000 square feet of amazing space that originally featured 900 rooms. In her prime as a working train station, she accommodated hundreds of thousands of passengers each year. During WWII, an estimated one million travelers – many of those soldiers – passed through the Station. The North Waiting Room (now Grand Plaza) held 10,000 people and the complex included restaurants, a cigar store, barbershop, railroad offices, the nation's largest Railway Express Building (used for shipping freight and mail) as well as a powerhouse providing steam and power.  So many stories of farewells, reunions and of day-to-day vibrancy still echo in her walls.  Just listen . . .

Closed in the 1980s, our Station sat empty and neglected, narrowly escaping demolition on several occasions. Then, in 1996, a historic bi-state initiative was passed to fund the Station's renovation, which was completed in grand fashion in 1999.

Union Station is once again a majestic and desired destination for our surrounding communities.  She is at once, magical, warm, casual, elegant, full of surprises and wise from experience but young at heart.

Union Station draws tourists from all over the world who marvel at her Grand Hall's 95-foot ceiling, three 3,500-pound chandeliers and the six-foot-wide clock hanging in her central arch.  She wakes up early and stays up late to host business meetings, recognition events, weddings and parties of all sorts.  And that’s just the beginning . . .

Just as you could 100 years ago, you can still catch the train at Union Station's Amtrak stop and head out across the country.

You'll also find a permanent rail exhibit called the KC Rail Experience, exhibit spaces for traveling exhibits produced by the Smithsonian, National Geographic and other international organizations, a planetarium, an interactive science center Science City and a vibrant Theater District featuring giant-screen movies, live theater, and so much more.

Related Interests

Union Station Venues, Union Station ON Track Magazine, Union Station Renovations, Union Station History Timeline, 100th Anniversary Site

Mission & Goals

Union Station Kansas City, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Our Mission

Union Station Kansas City is dedicated to preserving its historic monument and its stories, inspiring lifelong learning and creating lasting memories for our community.

Our Vision

To be Kansas City’s iconic symbol of inclusion, inspiration, lifelong learning, and its center for civic celebration.

Our Goals

  • To develop and nurture successful and financially sustainable museums and attractions within Union Station Kansas City and to ensure those facilities serve as the destination of choice for local residents and visitors.
  • To collect, preserve and interpret materials and artifacts that represent the broad scope of history within the diverse Kansas City metropolitan area, and to safeguard those collections for future generations.
  • To embrace our role as stewards of Union Station, and to invite visitors and assist them in understanding the importance of historic preservation in contemporary society.
  • To educate people of all ages in the area of Kansas City regional history and in the exploration of science, and to assist in experiencing old and new technologies affecting our lives and inspiring others to become innovators in developing technologies for the future.
  • To attract quality and diverse traveling exhibits for visitors of all ages.
  • To ensure that Union Station Kansas City and our representatives always provide outstanding customer service in museum, entertainment, commercial, dining, and retail services.

Our Senior Management

President & CEO – George Guastello

Executive Vice President & COO – Jerry Baber

Vice President, Finance – Nale Uhl

Chief Marketing Officer – Michael Tritt

Director of Technical & Building Operations – Duane Erickson

Director of Advancement and Community Engagement – Christy Nitsche

Director of STEM Programming and Outreach – LeAnn Smith

Our Board of Directors 

Ramón Murguía, Chairman
Attorney at Law
Murguía Law Offices

Bucky Brooks
Copaken Brooks

Jon Cook
Global Chief Executive Officer

Peggy J. Dunn, Treasurer
City of Leawood, KS

Ray Kowalik. Vice Chairman
Chairman & CEO
Burns and McDonnell

Michael R. Haverty
Retired Executive Chairman
Kansas City Southern

Dan Lowe
Owner & Consultant
Legacy Development

Leo Morton
President & COO
DeBruce Companies

Robert D. Regnier
Executive Chairman and CEO
Bank of Blue Valley

Dr. Thomas Sack
President and CEO

Charles Sosland, Secretary
President & CEO
Sosland Companies, Inc.
Chairman & CEO
Sosland Publishing Company

Dr. Kimberly Beatty
Metropolitan Community College

Erin Stucky
President & CEO
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City

Quinton Lucas
Kansas City, MO