Hidden Union Station Tour
50 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Join Union Station Redevelopment Corporation, in partnership with Atlas Obscura, for a behind-the-scenes tour of Washington Union Station where you will learn the secrets of Daniel Burnham’s 1907 architectural masterpiece. The opening of DC’s opulent Union Station energized the city and forever changed how Washingtonians traveled. More than a century later, the station still buzzes with travelers, trains, and history.
On this one and a half hour tour, you will explore spaces within Union Station that the passengers, tourists, and shoppers who pass through rarely get to see. You will climb steps and open doors into areas where the public is not normally granted access, be shown unique vantage points to view and photograph the station, and gain up-close looks at the magnificent details and ornamentation of the station, as well as learn what is being done today to preserve Union Station for years to come.
A previous participant wrote, “We have lived near Union Station for over 20 years; this tour provided many facts about the station that I had never heard before. We were provided access to parts of the station that the general public cannot access. Overall just a great historical overview of the building and the phases it has gone through over the years.”
A percentage of the proceeds will go toward ongoing preservation efforts at Union Station.
Other things to note:
• Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required.
• Guests nine and up may register to attend.
• Guests must be able to climb stairs and stand for the duration of the tour.
• All participants will receive a complimentary Union Station tote bag and a coffee table book on the history of the station.