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Union Pacific Railroad Museum

Address: 200 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Phone Number: 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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Brooklyn
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The museum is located in the former Public Library. The exhibits are very interesting and include technical information on how the railroad was built and what the functions of rails, switches and various other hardware are. There are pictures of dignitaries and Hollywood celebrities of the past traveling on Union Pacific Railroad. There are also several computerized exhibits geared towards... More 

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Rochester Hills
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This was a wonderful treasure. This indoor museum did not have rail cars, but instead it had artifacts, information, and cute interactive areas. The staff were extremely knowledgeable and friendly

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

It is a fun place to visit with children and your family. The old trains are fun and interesting. It is by railroad tracks.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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1,003 reviews 1,003 reviews
787 attraction reviews
245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This is a very nice small museum that depicts how the railroad helped twin the west and settle this great country of ours

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Des Moines, Iowa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

My family of seven was looking for something to do while on vacation in Omaha and found this. We were not disappointed and the price can't be beat. The museum has something for everyone. The train display the younger kids enjoyed. Kids struggled getting kinect to work. Educational and fun.

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Bellevue, Nebraska
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

This place was free, well staffed with volunteers, clean, with a great bunch of history and enough to keep me and my 3 year old interested but not overwhelmed.

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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
3 helpful votes 3 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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