Kansas City’s Union Station is the second-largest working train station in the country. This fully-restored, 1914 landmark is home to Science City, the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium, the Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre, and many other educational and engaging attractions. The Station also hosts world-class, educational, traveling exhibitions, such as Dinosaurs Revealed, the Art of the Brick, and Pompeii the Exhibition. Union Station additionally continues to operate as a train station, with several Amtrak trains arriving and departing every day. This historic gem is a gathering point for visitors and Kansas Citians alike, even if you are a local playing tourist in your own city. Design for Union Station began in 1906. By the time the Station opened to the public in 1914, the construction cost had topped $6 million. Its first arrival, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Flyer, pulled into the pulled into the Station just after midnight on Nov. 1. Railway use peaked during World War I, with Union Station witnessing the arrivals and departures of more than 79,000 trains. Passenger traffic began to decline during the '50s and '60s as the airline industry gained momentum. In 1985, Amtrak discontinued its Union Station service. Passed by voters in 1996, a bi-state cultural sales tax—the first of its kind in the country—funded nearly half of the Station’s $250 million renovations. The remaining money was raised through private donations and federal funding. The fully-restored Station reopened to the public in 1999 with new shops, restaurants, theaters, and a science center. Amtrak returned to Union Station in December 2002, offering several daily departures. Union Station is a non-profit organization and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.