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The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station

30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108-2410
+1 816-460-2020
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Rad place to view stars!

I know the bean bags are probably for the little kiddo's, but my fiancé and I loved them! The only... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Overland Park, Kansas
Love the star tour and the new system!

We've seen multiple of the star tours in the Planetarium. They are always a live presenter showing... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
Maple K
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HUGE UPGRADES DONE IN FEBRUARY 2017: - Dual-4K Digital Projection System by RSA Cosmos - 5.1 Surround Sound System - 150 newly refurbished dome recliners - Space Portal connection to Science City Combining interactive astronomy education with spectacular public shows and night sky viewing opportunities, the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium continues to be one of Kansas City's greatest connections to the night sky. Built as part of Union Station's renovations in the late 1990s, the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium's 60-foot dome and recently upgraded state-of-the-art 4K projection system makes it one of the largest and highest resolution planetariums in the Midwest. In addition to daily public shows, Union Station offers a number of opportunities in the planetarium for groups to take advantage of including field trips, Girl and Boy Scout badge workshops, summer camps, and other educational opportunities, as well as business meetings or general facility rental options.
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30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108-2410
+1 816-460-2020
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I know the bean bags are probably for the little kiddo's, but my fiancé and I loved them! The only improvement I can recommend is to get more of them because they are perfect for looking up at the stars. This place is very relaxing...More

1  Thank KittyCoonundrum
Reviewed 1 May 2017

We've seen multiple of the star tours in the Planetarium. They are always a live presenter showing the stars above Kansas City's night sky and they change every season. I came to a show here before the new projector system was installed, and it is...More

Thank Maple K
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Very disappointed. Seats are very uncomfortable. Should lean back more. I ended up trying to lay down in the movie theatre chair to try to talk pressure off my neck. Show we saw was extremely boring and a total waste of time. I've been to...More

Thank mike304
Patrick H, Manager at The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2017

Mike, Thank you for leaving a review about your visit. We are very sorry for your negative experience at the Gottlieb Planetarium and we care greatly for your feedback. Please contact us at planetarium@unionstation.org so we can learn more about the details of your experience...More

Reviewed 18 April 2017

It was hard to figure out where to buy tickets. No employees were at the Planetarium show area so had to wander around to figure out where to buy tickets. I actually called the Planetarium while standing at their entry desk. But the shows were...More

Thank Christine R
Patrick H, Manager at The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2017

Christine, Thank you for your review and valuable feedback. I have passed the information about your experience along to our Union Station general ticketing department, who is responsible for box office sales for all attractions in the building, so they can work to improve for...More

Reviewed 23 November 2016

We've had the opportunity to now see two shows at the planetarium and our kids really enjoyed both. Last winter we saw "Let It Snow" and will most likely return to see it again this holiday season. Last week we saw "Stargaze Kansas City" and...More

Thank Colport
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

This is a great educational show. Inside with comfortable chairs. Only thing I didn't like is that you have to buy tickets in separate ticket office, so plan ahead or you'll miss your show time.

Thank debgets
Reviewed 21 July 2016

We did the Stars over KC show and it was SO COOL! There are giant pillows/bean bags to lay on so you can look directly up at the ceiling (you need to be first in line for these though). I get motion sick really easily,...More

Thank paulah1017
Reviewed 14 July 2016

I should have researched this more and perhaps wouldn't have been disappointed. We went to Union Station for the express purpose of going to Science City. Once we arrived we decided to visit the planetarium. The presentation we picked was about the moon and it...More

Thank dskid
Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

This was very interesting and well put together. There are reclining chairs and a couple big flat couches to watch the movies. There was a lot of information presented in an easy to understand way.

1  Thank Ksmith727
Reviewed 6 June 2016

he technology seems a little out of date, the place could use some upkeep. kids seem to like it, I don't think I would go again. they do offer different shows. and its very cheap

Thank Justin S
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What is the cost to get in?
6 April 2016|
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Response from SPB_71 | Reviewed this property |
$6 per person for planetarium.
Karen B
Can you bring a picnic lunch? Do they offer any sort of dining onsite or nearby you can visit and reenter the complex? Thanks!
2 July 2015|
Response from Patrick H | Property representative |
Hello! Since the planetarium is a special educational dome theater, we do not allow food or drink inside during shows. You are more than welcome to bring food into Union Station, however, and there are tables available for... More