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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.
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Whispering arch plaque.

Whispering Arch

Don't get distracted by the Grand Hall when you walk in. The Whispering Arch greets you and is the first thing you walk through. My two friends and I had fun exploring the parts of the hotel. We sat down for the hourly light show in the Grand Hall (5 pm-11 pm daily); it lasts about five minutes.

[Koral, 03/19/2018]

Union Station Hotel.

Union Station Hotel 3D Light Shows

This incredible edifice from the railroad's glory days has been brought back and is now a hotel. It is simply stunning. Its artistry and beauty is superlative. Even better than the whispering arch is the free 3-D light show in the central hall every evening, hourly from 5 to 11. There are 11 different shows, and some are just mesmerizing. Plus you can have a cocktail from the bar while you watch.

[James Martin, 09/04/2016]
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]

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