Major Holocaust exhibition coming to Kansas City’s Union Station starting in June

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief

What’s being billed as “the most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the history of Auschwitz and its role in the Holocaust ever presented in North America” comes to Kansas City’s Union Station this summer.

Featuring more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs brought together from over 20 institutions and museums around the world, “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away, ” opens June 14 and will run through January 2022. Union Station is one of only two U.S. locations hosting this international exhibition – it recently closed at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. After it leaves the United States, the exhibit returns to Europe.

Many of the artifacts come from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and are on view for the first time in North America. In addition to suitcases, eyeglasses and shoes that belonged to survivors and victims of Auschwitz, other artifacts on display included concrete posts that were part of the fence at Auschwitz; fragments of an original barrack for prisoners from the Auschwitz III-Monowitz camp; a desk and other possessions of the first and the longest serving Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss; a gas mask used by the SS and an original German-made Model 2 freight train car used for the deportation of Jews to the ghettos and extermination camps in occupied Poland.

Ticket presale is happening now, with tickets sold on a date and time-specific basis. Organizers encourage buying tickets early because limited tickets are available on each date and tickets already have been purchased by people from across 38 states.

The Auschwitz Exhibition is presented in Kansas City with the support of Bank of America and in partnership with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education.

Auschwitz Exhibition

When: June 14-January 2022; Monday to Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (final admission is at 4 p.m. daily)

Where: Kansas City Union Station

How much: Adult tickets $23.50 plus $1.50 fee; students (ages 3 to 21) $17.50 plus $1.50 fee; seniors (ages 55 and older) $19 plus $1.50 fee; Union Station Members $15 plus $1.50 fee

More info: Learn more and purchase tickets online at:

Recommended for ages 12 and older. Children younger than 12 are welcome to attend at their parent’s discretion. Children age 2 and under do not require a ticket. Strollers and bags will not be allowed inside the exhibition. Non-flash photography will be allowed, provided it is for personal use only. No commercial photography. Selfie sticks and tripods will not be allowed.