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Union Pacific Railroad Museum

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Address: 200 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Phone Number: 712 329-8307
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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More than we expected, especially for free

It was a rainy day so my husband and I sought out something indoors to do and were pleasantly surprised with the Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Actually, more than pleasantly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

It was a rainy day so my husband and I sought out something indoors to do and were pleasantly surprised with the Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Actually, more than pleasantly surprised. We spent over two hours going through the museum. It was fascinating and so much more than we expected, especially for a free museum. The first floor is the... More 

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Mundelein, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The museum is fine but I feel there should be more. The section on passenger train could talk about the history of each UP train, not just an overview. The gift show is small with a very limited selection. Overall it worth a visit but you're left wanting more.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I thought we were going to see trains. There r none. But they do have nice, t P scale, cut away models and period specific artifacts. I am glad we visited but would not recommend this as a destination visit. Entrance is free but we did donate to the collection box to help maintain the museum.

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Minden, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Very interesting museum! My family all enjoyed learning about the UP railroad - something for all the kids, 4, 9 & 16. Very interactive and informative. Multi-levels filled with stuff you probably didn't know about the railroad. And it's free so you can't beat that! We walked over to the museum after visiting the Pottawatomie squirrel cage jail, which are... More 

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I stopped by with my parents since we were close by and had 45 minutes to kill. The museum has a lot of cool interactive exhibits. This would be a great museum to take your kids to. We could have easily spent 2-3 hours here. There are volunteers that walk around and share their knowledge with you. They don't charge... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Very enjoyable museum. Learned a lot about the building of the railroad. Lots of attractions for kids. Things to touch, move and watch.

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Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Museum is established in renovated Carnegie Library in Council Bluffs. Free admission. See a glimpse of the history of the western settlement. Many, many historical artifacts and interactive displays.

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Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is different from most railroad museum; there are no real engines or train cars. This museum focuses on the history of the railroading industry and the current methods used by Union Pacific to move cargo around the country. There is a train simulator that is fun for kids (you get to be the engineer as your train passes through... More 

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Waynesville, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Today, my husband and I and three of our children stopped at this museum during a break we had from our sons baseball tournament. Even though we only had an hour, it was worthwhile. My children are 9, 7, & 4 and didn't want to go. Once inside, they were pleasantly surprised. All 3 of my children as well as... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This is a very neat museum. We have been here many times and always find different things to look at.

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Additional Information about Union Pacific Railroad Museum

Address: 200 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Phone Number: 712 329-8307
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Council Bluffs
Open Hours:
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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