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Union Pacific Railroad Museum

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Address: 200 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Phone Number: 17123298307
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Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Our museum has chronicled more than 150 years of American railroad history...

Our museum has chronicled more than 150 years of American railroad history through unique artifacts and immersive interactive games. Admission is free.

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An excellent place that places the railroad into historical context

This is an outstanding museum. The interpretation of the artifacts is well presented and easily puts the visitor into the context of the times. I 'went to school' this visit. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Panjshir_Trekker
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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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149 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is an outstanding museum. The interpretation of the artifacts is well presented and easily puts the visitor into the context of the times. I 'went to school' this visit. I will return. It works for families with all ages of kids and adults.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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59 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

At the end of my business trip, I had time for only one stop before I hit the airport. I decided to see where the great railroad started to connect the country. My choices were visiting either the very large Durham Museum in Omaha or the small, focused Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs. Based on sheer size and... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this museum New Years Weekend and found it to be a really nice small museum. The best part is that the entrance fee is a donation (they suggest $3) which is way less than what I thought it was worth. They have a number of different exhibits detailing the history of the Union Pacific Railroad and various other... More 

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Twin Falls, Idaho, United States
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Exhibits change frequently that I always find it interesting. The gift shop and soda fountain/candy shop are great fun. Take time to appreciate the art deco design and take a view of the murals in the meeting room near the soda fountain shop. The trains are nostalgic and great for kids to climb aboard.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

There are many free museums out there but very few in Iowa are ever this well done. Not only is this place rather big, well laid out, and interesting, but it makes for a great companion piece to the General Dodge House. They all connect to the story of the Union Pacific Railroad, General Dodge, as well as how railroads... More 

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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3 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Great for kids under the age of 8 or so but otherwise, not really anything all that special. Varied hours of operation, you'll be lucky to find it open we had to go back a couple times til we found it open, though I think it's just volunteer seniors that open the place so can't fault them for that.

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Prague
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

If you go to Omaha, this is a nice trip worth to take. Small nice building a bit aside of touristy areas, but very sensibly arranged and interesting. So friendly staff!! It is free, you can make donation

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Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

Directly next door to the squirrel cage jail in Council Bluffs is the Union Pacific Railroad Museum. The museum is housed in a former Carnegie Library building. The building is magnificent. The displays and information in the U.P. museum are very nice. There is a fair amount of interactive displays that will keep the kids happy so families with children... More 

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The museum is very interesting and well suited to children also. Many different things to see and shows history that has happened not only locally but in the United States.

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Waterloo, IA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Attended with my senior citizen mother and teenage son. We all found it interesting and enough interactive displays to keep young ones engaged. Staff very helpful and informed. Especially nice that all this was free, although there was a donation case to which we were more than pleased to contribute

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