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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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Amazing Presentation!

The Planetarium is great, but Patrick, the presenter is outstanding! He is so personable and really... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Olathe, Kansas
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I have visited planetariums and never found one as entertaining and interesting as this one. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Olathe, Kansas
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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.
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good31%
  • Average21%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“solar system” (3 reviews)
“star tours” (2 reviews)
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30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108-2410
+1 816-460-2020
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Planetarium is great, but Patrick, the presenter is outstanding! He is so personable and really connected with the audience. A must see stop when in Kansas City!

Thank jpattersonss
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited planetariums and never found one as entertaining and interesting as this one. The show was packed and yet you could hear a pin drop because everyone (of which half were students) was engaged and learning. I learned new facts about the items...More

Thank bkdp_64
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was such a fun experience. I am pretty knowledgeable about our solar system and there were several things that I learned. It was very interesting and the moderator is funny. I suffer from vertigo and did just fine as long as I didn't look...More

Thank blforman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took several students to the Planetarium last Saturday to see Sky Station Live, the fall tour, and Patrick did an amazing job of making the learning clear and fun for all the ages represented in the room. The history and the graphics to assist...More

Thank Summer B
Reviewed 9 August 2017

I attending a showing at the planetarium and it was an interesting experience. Once we finally found the ticket counter we purchased tickets. I would have appreciated a warning before we stood in the long ticket line and show line. If you have motion sickness...More

Thank jeannineb538
Reviewed 24 July 2017

We saw a Sesame Street show with them going to the moon. Our kids seemed to enjoy it and the chairs were comfortable for the length of show it was. The theater provided large bean bags in the front so kids can completely lay flat...More

Thank Nick M
Reviewed 4 July 2017

I'm a planetarium buff, but this was my first time here. The new projection system is first class. We saw two shows, one high-production program about dark matter with amazing special effects and lots of cool info. The 2nd was the local summer skies over...More

Thank gregncw
Reviewed 22 May 2017

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 1 May 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

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7 April 2016|
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Response from SPB_71 | Reviewed this property |
$6 per person for planetarium.
Karen B
3 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