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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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Apopka, FL
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178 reviews 178 reviews
105 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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
29 helpful votes 29 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Saint Paul
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Located in a beautifully restored Carnegie Library. Very informative and interactive. A must see! Includes President Lincoln memorabilia as well as a lot of information about the railroad.

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Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

If you are interested in trains and the history not a better place to start. Drop back in time with the displays and the simulator, fulfill the kid inside you

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Missouri City, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

If your into trains and history of trains and Union Pacific railroad this is the place for you. Awesome displays of train memorabilia, a train engine simulator, train seats from an old passenger car to set in. This place has got it all. Great volunteer staff,very helpful.

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San Gabriel, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This was a really fun little museum. There are 2 stories worth of attractions with actual Union Pacific artifacts. This would be a great place to bring kids or to just browse by yourself.

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52 reviews 52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We were looking to kill some time and landed here. Excellent! We loved it! The exhibits were captivating and educational. The volunteer staff was especially helpful and friendly. The quality of the museum was "top-drawer"!

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Council Bluffs, IA
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This is an excellent overview of the operation of railroads in the past and present, as well as a historical view of the relationship of Council Bluffs and the Union Pacific Railroad. There are some interactive exhibits that kids will enjoy. It is free with a place to donate to the museum.

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