The Underground

Kansas City’s Car Collection

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What better place to store your vehicle than in a museum

Join the Kansas City Automotive Museum as we present Kansas City’s Car Collection at The Underground. Located in downtown Kansas City, this subterranean facility provides a safe place to store your vehicle while sharing its history with the rest of the City!

Facility Amenities & Benefits

Controlled access – Property Manager on site during hours of operation

Emergency sprinkler system

Battery tender stalls available

Temperature controlled

Competitive pricing

Secured facility – 24/7/365 Monitored security system

Central location – Easy access from major highways and streets.

Owner access – Vehicle owners have access during and before/after hours of operation

Discounts for Museum Members and Military available

Storyboard about your vehicle is provided as a gift

Gift of a KC Auto Museum Membership (Limited Time Offer)

Pricing Per Month:

Reserve Your Spot

One vehicle: $100*

One vehicle (with battery tender access): $125*

One motorcycle: $50*

One-time administrative fee: $50

*monthly fee

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Appointments must be made for visits outside hours of operations. Please call 816-492-7147, or for a quicker response, email underground@kcautomuseum.com. Requests after 7 p.m. will be returned the following morning.

Closed on Holidays​
Monday…………CLOSED
Tuesday………..10 a.m to 3 p.m.
Wednesday……10 a.m to 3 p.m.
Thursday………..10 a.m to 3 p.m.
Friday…………….10 a.m to 5 p.m.
Saturday………..10 a.m to 5 p.m.
Sunday………….12 p.m to 5 p.m.

600 West 31st Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

Located on the north side of 31st street, between Broadway Boulevard and Southwest Trafficway.

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Kansas City Automotive History Tour $10

Per person, Plus Tax

A historical tour of how transportation shaped Kansas City. From streetcars to race cars, interurbans to interstates, the tour showcases iconic changes to the city over the last couple centuries.

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Storage Tips

Drive Train

  • Change your oil – old oil will thicken much quicker than new oil. This also helps minimize the chance of acid build up in the oil and sludging
  • Fill the gas tank – Filling the gas tank will keep the tank from rusting also add a stabilizer to the fuel
  • Put the car on tire jacks to avoid flat spots
  • New Car – connect it to a battery ender. Only if the electrical system is in good condition and there is no possibility of the car catching fire!
  • Old Car – Disconnect the battery
  • At your own discretion start the car till it reaches operating temperature. If applicable consult with the owner, operator or manager of the storage facility that the car is located in if this is permitted.
  • Protect the wiring in your car
  • Pest control – Lay some traps and deterrents for the vermin. Small rodents like to nest in the dark environments. Make sure your engine bay doesn’t become their home.
  • Don’t use parking brake

Exterior

  • Cover it up
  • Wax, wash and DRY THOROUGHLY before it is stored
  • Make sure your location is dry

Interior

  • Seal it – Make sure it is as sealed as it can be
  • Treat your fabric
  • If you are storing your car near a body of water, consider investing in a dehumidifier to ward off mold.
Frequently Asked Questions

To reserve your spot, please complete the application form. Once you have completed the form, a Museum staff member will be in contact with you. If you are approved, you will receive the loaner agreement for you to complete. You will be able to move you vehicle into The Underground as soon as a loaner agreement is completed and your “move-in” date is set.

All vehicles owned by someone who calls themselves a “Kansas Citian” are accepted. Since we are a non-profit organization, we will continue our mission to tell Kansas City’s automotive story through the vehicles in this City. As capacity becomes limited, we will become more selective. Boats or fully enclosed trailers are not permitted.

Fees are as follows: One vehicle: $100 One vehicle (with battery tender access): $125 One motorcycle: $50 One-time administrative fee: $50

We offer a 15% discounts for all KC Auto Museum members and military. You may qualify for a multi-vehicle discount. For more information, email us at underground@KCAutoMuseum.com

We only accept credit/debit card and ACH payments.

Yes! Motorcycle stalls are available for $50.

Yes. We have stalls with battery tender access available. We do not provide battery tenders on site.

Any new car model brand charger is accepted. We recommend the following brands: Deltron Battery Tender Models Energizer Brand NOCO “Genius” MotoPower Automatic Charger Black & Decker BM3B Fully Automatic C-Tek Brand Schumacher Brand Chargers DieHard Brand Keyline Automatic Focal Automatic

WINTER HOURS OF OPERATIONS: Appointments must be made for visits outside hours of operations. Please call 816-492-7147, or for a quicker response, email underground@kcautomuseum.com. Requests after 7 p.m. will be returned the following morning. Monday………..By Appointment Only Tuesday………..10 a.m to 3 p.m. Wednesday…..10 a.m to 3 p.m. Thursday……….10 a.m to 3 p.m. Friday…………….10 a.m to 3 p.m. Saturday…………By Appointment Only Sunday…………..By Appointment Only We are closed on holidays. For access outside hours of operations, please call 816-492-7147.

Gift of a KC Auto Museum Membership (Limited Time Offer) Storyboard about your vehicle Discounts for Museum Members and Military available

We are still making improvements to The Underground. Our current list of amenities are: Secured facility – 24/7/365 Monitored security system Property Manager on site Full access to your vehicle during and before/after hours of operation Temperature controlled garage Emergency sprinkler system Battery tender stalls available

Yes. The Underground is a fully insured facility. However, owners are required to have insurance on the vehicle.

Yes! You have access before, during or after hours of operation. We ask that if you need access outside of the advertised hours, to please give us a 24 hour notice. However, we will likely respond within 30-45 minutes.

Anyone listed on the loaner agreement can have access. If the vehicle is leaving the facility with someone who is not listed on the agreement, the vehicle owner will need to send written permission releasing the vehicle to the individual.

We have a Museum staff on site during hours of operation.

No. This is a closed facility. Only Museum staff and other vehicle owners will have access to the site. Staff may conduct supervised tours of the facilty.

The Underground is a temperature controlled facility, meaning temperature fluctuates from a low of 40 degrees and a high of 90 degrees fahrenheit, with normal temperature averaging 70 degrees fahrenheit.

We do not touch your vehicle without your consent. If you have any special requests, please let staff know. Since we do not keep keys, we do not start vehicles while in storage.

We have a brand-new 24/7/365 monitored security system and a Property Manager onsite during hours of operation. Additionally, we have secured access to all Underground floors, locks at all access points, and a custom steel gate. When vehicles leave or enter The Underground, we have the driver initial a form so we know exactly what vehicles are in the facility.

There is currently no lounge or meeting place at The Underground. We are happy to recommend several in the area.

You can leave items at your own risk.

No. We do not hold keys at The Underground. You may leave keys inside the vehicle at your own risk.

Vehicle gasoline tanks must be no more than ¼ of the way full. We recommend limiting other flammable fluids, however this is not required. If your vehicle drips, owners must provide non-porous drip pan(s). Cleaning costs may be incurred due to large leaks.

Vehicle owners may not perform any maintenance, restoration, conservation, stabilization, or refurbishment to the vehicle while on Underground property. If repairs to the vehicle are necessary, the owner must arrange for its offsite maintenance and transportation.

We only accept flatbed trailers. If you need storage for a vehicle and a trailer, you will need to purchase another vehicle stall.

At the moment there are no restrictions. Your agreement is for the use of the vehicle stall. If you wish to change vehicles, please make sure you notify Museum staff so they can make the appropriate notes.

Absolutley! If you would like your vehicle to be excluded from any activities, please make notes in the special conditions section of the loaner agreement. If there are any issues with any special conditions, a museum staff member will let you know before you bring your vehicle into the facility.

This is a fun, unique and exciting way to help us continue our mission of preserving, promoting and displaying Kansas City’s history, while also storing your vehicle in a safe environment. The Kansas City Automotive Museum has big plans, but we need you to participate!