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Union Pacific Railroad Museum

200 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
712 329-8307
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Traveler Description: The Union Pacific Railroad Museum is a collection of informative displays about the history and current operation of the Union Pacific Railroad... more »
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Council Bluffs, Iowa
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Lots of history along with information about railroading today. Several "hands-on" exhibits including a locomotive simulator. Great for adults and kids. The museum is free but there is no free parking.

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Glenwood, Iowa, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Took my brother-in-law and nephew who are both HUGE train enthusiasts. They had a great time and learned a lot about the history of railroading in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area.

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56 reviews 56 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

Located in an historic building downtown. Opened at 10. You enter in the lower level which has restrooms, small gift shop, and a reception area. You can sign the guest book and visit with volunteers. It is free will donation, we donated as we thought it was great. There are both stairs and elevator. Two more levels of exhibits. You... More

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Box Elder, South Dakota
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141 reviews 141 reviews
29 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We really enjoyed our visit to this museum and we are NOT train buffs but we did enjoy this museum. It's right next door to the Squirrel Cage Jail and we had just been there so we thought 'why not' go to this museum too. It is in the former Public Library Building and that building alone was beautiful with... More

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Traer, Iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Definitely a place to see! Great for the whole family. Easy to get too! If you were in Council Bluffs it is a place to see with the family and the kids

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Omaha, Nebraska
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The large display of railroad paraphernalia is incredible. There are large displays of old lanterns and firearms. Interactive displays for the kids. Good place.

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Apopka, Florida
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284 reviews 284 reviews
175 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This museum is on your must list if you are going thru Council Bluff's, IA. Very nicely done inside but I knocked it down a star because it is very small as it is part of an old awesome Library building. It houses some cool stuff that belonged to Abaham Lincoln. Oh, and it is FREE so you can't beat... More

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Odessa, MO
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Several roads in the area were closed and it took a while to find, but we were glad we did. This museum, housed in the old Carnegie Library, has wonderful, interactive displays. An audio device to explain the exhibits is available (also at no cost). We spent several hours there.

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Stockton, Missouri
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25 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This UP Railroad Museum is housed in a former Carnegie Library and has such a diverse, interactive, tech savvy array of displays, there is something to please everyone there. We loved blowing up the dynamite, checking out all the vintage rail car displays and using the interactive maps that provided so much information. All ages will enjoy!

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We took our son for an outing because his school got out early,We had been lots of times before but they have tweaked it some. They have carry around info now,ours was not charged, but a very nice lady brought us fresh ones,Thank You again! We had some problems / the interactive cowboy setup they had,but will try another time.... More

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