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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, Museums
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Minnesota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

First, I'll mention that I have a keen interest in railroad, mining, lumbering and Western U.S. history, which definitely affected my expectations of this museum. I went to this museum, located at the eastern terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad, expecting a unique and detailed presentation of the Union Pacific's history. I was severely disappointed. With the colorful and lengthy history... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Caring staff and volunteers. Some even play the part in a step back in time. Be sure to ask them what it is like to live day-to-day and how they make a living. Updated exhibits. Important history to the local area. Railroad buffs, locals, and visitors will appreciate this effort in the old Carnegie library. Try driving a train in... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Somehow from our reading, we thought there was going to be actual trains in a train yard at this location, but there are none. There are some just up the street, though, but separate hours of opening and not run by this same group. Thus museum is interesting and there are many hands on things for kids. A few things... More 

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Poulsbo, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This is housed in a former Carnegie library, lots of great railroad memorabilia. Enjoy the city park next door. Look for the unique to Council Bluffs black squirrels.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I never knew the history of the American railroad and how it grew this country. How it was built, the equipment and people who built it. Best of all....it was FREE! Well worth a detour!!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

If you like trains, you'll love this magnificent museum. The building was originally a Carnegie Library, and is amazing with its vaulted ceilings, leaded glass windows and beautiful craftsmanship. There are seemingly thousands of artifacts -- everything from thumb cuffs used by railroad security officers to menus from a time when dining aboard a train was a 3-star experience. Kids... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Hand on exhibits, and real past of railroad history are gathered in one place. I loved the assimilation, it is a great museum.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Very interesting, hands on exhibits and great historical information. Great for kids and adults. Something for everyone

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Wayne, Nebraska
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Excellent museum with good interaction exhibits for kids. The museum is free but does ask for a modest $3 donation - well worth it. If you like American history or trains then this place is worth a visit.

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Abilene
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

When we first decided to go I thought it wouldn't be too interesting (I don't know anything about trains), but it was very interesting! It had a lot of hands on stuff and a lot of cool artifacts.

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