The exhibit about black contributions to American history is nearing its end at Union Station after drawing less than stellar attendance numbers.
The “America I AM: The African American Imprint” exhibit, which was extended for three weeks, closes Sunday. It will be open until 7 p.m., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
About 20,000 people have seen the exhibit featuring Prince’s guitar, items from Martin Luther King Jr.’s jail cell and other objects since it opened in October. Station officials hope the exhibit will draw their goal of 25,000 visitors by the time it closes.
That number is far from the more than 105,000 people who saw the Princess Diana exhibit in the same amount of time. But that coincided with the royal wedding of her son, which boosted attention.
Union Station spokesman Tony Cook said the Kansas City attendance for “America I AM” so far is comparable to its entire draw in St. Louis, where it played longer. It’s highest one-day attendance here was on the Saturday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, when about 1,000 people visited.
“We’ve had excellent support from the community,” Cook said.
The exhibit, presented by public television personality Tavis Smiley, features more than 200 rare historic objects collected on loan. Admission is $8-$12, $5 for Union Station members.
Union Station’s next traveling exhibit will be artifacts from the ocean liner Titanic. It opens March 3 and will be here for the 100th anniversary of its ill-fated voyage.