St. Louis, Missouri: Whispering Arch

The arch at the entrance of Union Station possesses unusual acoustic properties.
1820 Market St., St. Louis, MO
Market St. and S. 18th St.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Whispering Arch

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Whispering Arch

The Whispering Arch is part of the original architecture of Union Station. It works best when each person stands facing the wall at opposite sides of the arch. I have lived in St. Louis all my life, and I remember when Union Station actually had trains.

[pennee, 05/16/2013]

The authorities at the City Museum in St. Louis told us that in 1980, when Union Station was falling apart, it was used as a set for the grim, set-in-the-future film "Escape From New York." It's much nicer now.

Whispering Arch

In response to the previous tip: The Whispering Arch is clearly marked with a plaque at the second floor North Entrance to St. Louis Union Station. It works amazingly well. My lady and I had a brief conversation and a couple after us did the same. Looks exactly like the picture on this page. You'll be glad you stopped here!

[Shahbaz Shah, 07/08/2012]

According to our guide at the nearby City Museum, the film "Escape From New York" was filmed in St. Louis's Union Station when the building was a crumbly wreck in the 1970s. We don't know if the whispering arch was created by the building's restoration, or just lovingly preserved from its past.

Whispering Arch

We got here, and the lady at the desk told us what to do. We did it and nothing. Left to eat, came back, told us again, still nothing. The front doors don't even look like this now and the picture is not above the door.....Very disappointing.

[Pam Ferguson, 03/09/2012]
Whispering Arch

This is really neat! Make sure you talk directly at the wall and not looking up the arch.

[MyWestrnRcknHrt, 03/15/2011]

Whispering Arch.

Whispering Arch

There is a parking lot in the back of the Station. If you park back there by the Hard Rock Cafe, walk inside and make your way to the front. The Station is very cool and has tours available.

[Daniel, 01/01/2011]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Nijinski Hare: Kung Fu RabbitNijinski Hare: Kung Fu Rabbit, St. Louis, MO - < 1 mi.
City MuseumCity Museum, St. Louis, MO - < 1 mi.
Empty SuitEmpty Suit, St. Louis, MO - < 1 mi.
In the region:
Lincoln-Douglas Debate Statues, Alton, IL - 18 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

August 24, 2016

My Sights

Save Cool Vacation Destinations!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Missouri Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Chris Barbee's Bowling Ball Yard, Nowata, Oklahoma (Aug 15-21, 2016)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from Subscribe now! Hotel & Motel Finder

Special online rates for hotels & motels.

Nearby Hotels and Motels, St. Louis, Missouri

Nightly rates found:

Book Online Now