"Bloch Fountain in front of Union Station, Kansas City, MO"
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Union Station

Kansas City

Opened in 1914, KC's Union Station is a sublime example of the magnificent architecture that once was the hallmark of American train stations. Today it has been beautifully renovated and houses an array of attractions as well as the station where four Amtrak trains stop daily. There's Science City, an interactive museum devoted to just that, plus a planetarium, shops, a performance venue, a train museum and a huge, free model train exhibit that draws mobs at Christmas.

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1. National WWI Museum

0.29 MILES

Enter this impressive modern museum on a glass walkway over a field of red poppies, the symbol of remembrance of WWI. Through detailed and engaging…

2. College Basketball Experience


Really a gussied-up basketball hall of fame, this interactive (and entirely overstimulating) exhibition lets you try free throws or pretend you're an…

3. American Jazz Museum

1.29 MILES

Learn about different jazz styles, rhythms, instruments and musicians – including Kansas City native Charlie Parker – at this interactive museum, at the…

4. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum


This comprehensive museum covers the lesser-known history of African American teams, such as the KC Monarchs and New York Black Yankees, that flourished…

5. Arabia Steamboat Museum

1.72 MILES

In River Market, this museum displays 200 tons of salvaged 'treasure' from a riverboat that sank in 1856 (one of hundreds claimed by the Missouri River).

6. Kaw Point Park

2.54 MILES

A hidden-in-plain-sight park with an important history: Kaw Point is where the Kansas River flows into the Missouri River. Lewis and Clark stopped here in…

7. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

2.66 MILES

Near the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Country Club Plaza, this museum is small and edgy with rotating exhibitions. The cafe is excellent.

8. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

2.75 MILES

Giant badminton shuttlecocks (the building represents the net) surround this encyclopedic museum, which has standout European painting, photography and…