The total number of guests (already attended and reserved) for the Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. exhibition has now surpassed 300,000, setting an all-time record for the Union Station Kansas City since reopening over 21 years ago.
“This historic exhibition has forever changed us as an organization and as individuals,” George Guastello, Union Station president and CEO, said. “We knew it would make an important and necessary impact. None of us, however, could have foreseen the magnitude of that impact. From all 50 states and multiple countries, guests have experienced this essential and compelling content in ways that will shape and reshape attitudes and lives”.
Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away., created by Musealia and the Auschwitz Birkenau State Museum, opened June 14, 2021, and from that day forward, attendance records have been broken by every measure, again and again. But the numbers themselves are only a partial reflection of impact. Guest sentiment – as measured by post-visit surveys – rank this exhibition at the very top as well. 97% of exhibition visitors describe their experience as excellent.
“With more than 1 million worldwide visitors to Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away., we are certain the telling of this most tragic chapter in human history is resonating and compelling people to prioritize diversity, tolerance, and inclusion,” Luis Ferreiro, Exhibition Director and Musealia CEO, said. “Indeed, as many holocaust survivors will tell you, a message about education and raising awareness is their priority. And it is the priority of our exhibition as well. We are each responsible to never allow the seeds of hatred to take hold again. In Kansas City, as evidence by the tremendous interest in the exhibition, the message to counter indifference, intolerance and hate is resonating on a grand scale.”
The Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. exhibition was recently extended to March 20, 2022, adding another 55,000 tickets. Nearly one half of those have already sold, with all weekends now sold out. Tickets for Monday thru Friday remain and interested guests are encouraged to lock in their plans and pre-purchase their tickets at unionstation.org NOW to avoid disappointment.