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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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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Great museum on the history of the railroad!

Learned so much more about the trains, how they started and up to the present time. Great exhibits! Wish I had more time to go back again!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Learned so much more about the trains, how they started and up to the present time. Great exhibits! Wish I had more time to go back again!

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Omaha Nebraska
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This is a great place to visit; it is very well done. Lots to see and do; I would allow between one and two hours for a visit. The staff are very nice and really know a lot about the place.

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Washington, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Two floors of great details of the UP RR. Includes a 'ride' in the cab of a locomotive in various settings, quite realistic actually. Well worth the time, great value.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

This museum was educational and interesting. However, I felt intimidated by one staff member who made it clear by her demeanor and comments to colleagues that our children weren't welcome. It's sad that a museum about trains, a subject loved by most little boys, couldn't be more friendly toward curious young minds. Our group was respectful and well-behaved- I felt... More 

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Independence, MO
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This was a great find in Council Bluffs. The museum is WELL done, with interactive exhibits, videos, games and even picture taking opportunities that email the photos to you for free. My entire family was thrilled by the museum and its exhibits, and will go back if we find ourselves back in town.

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Ottawa, Kansas
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123 reviews 123 reviews
26 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We enjoyed our one hour tour of the museum. Two floors of exhibits. You can take the stairs or elevator. Staff was knowledgeable of any questions we had. Free which would be nice if you have a family and planned on touring. Closed Sunday's, Monday's and holidays, hours 10-4pm.

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Marana, Arizona
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

Me and a good friend met at the museum for a homeschool field trip. She has 5 children and I have 6. From the minute we walked in until the minute we left, the entire staff was very rude about our children. The museum has many interactive things for the children but the children were scared to even touch them... More 

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Hastings, Nebraska
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

It is so well interpreted that everyone in our group found it interesting and educational. Few museums are so modern, so friendly to all ages, and interests. I would recommend this FREE museum to any group.

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Journey through at your own pace. Some interactive displays as well as historic information. Educational.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I am somewhat of a railroad buff so this was a great place to see. It has been a while and I forgot what we paid to get in. If your in Council Bluffs or Omaha area looking for something to do this could be it.

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