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Union Pacific Railroad Museum

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Address: 200 Pearl St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503-0825
Phone Number: +1 712-329-8307
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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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UP Rail Museum

Hands on and lots of history of the railroad. Family friendly and much to see and central location. Tour the old rail cars on display and see the schedules and ticket booths.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
884lindav
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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hands on and lots of history of the railroad. Family friendly and much to see and central location. Tour the old rail cars on display and see the schedules and ticket booths.

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Thank 884lindav
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really enjoyed the museum... it was very interesting and not boring especially being from around here it was very to go through.

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Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Driving south on Highway 29 in Iowa yesterday (Tuesday) we saw a huge Billboard advertising the UP Railroad Museum, and since I love trains we thought it would be a great place to visit. Turns out it's only open Thursday through Saturday, and only to groups of 10, and only if you make a booking 2 weeks in advance. Great... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

This museum is in the old library building in downtown Council Bluffs, Iowa. Really nice displays for railroad buffs and this is all about the Union Pacific Railroad and history in the area. Not as many displays of cars, trains, and cabooses but overall it was entertaining for morning. UP could do so much more. Friendly staff and great old... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

This was our first stop and it was a highlight of the trip. Lots of great exhibits chronicle the history of Union Pacific. Highly recommended for train buffs and non-railroad enthusiasts too.

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Great place to visit past memoribelia, fun,interactive games, for history buffs, and current railroad and local bike trail enthusiasts. Loved the info on passenger travel on the trains, especially to the National Parks and Omaha. Loved it! Donate as you go in the museum . Very much worth your time.

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Persia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This is an excellent museum and if you like trains and western U.S. history there is a lot to see. The exhibits are excellent and the docents knowledgeable.

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Litchfield Park, Arizona
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202 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

It's free! Make sure you make a donation though. This is a very educational facility. We didn't have enough time to take it all in. Only complaint - lousy parking

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Rock Island, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

Not huge by any means but a nice little attraction for those who like trains. Daughter loved it, hopefully we will be back in a year or so!

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Wichita, Kansas, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

This museum is well laid-out, you could spend half a day reading and gleaning knowledge about the "birth" of the American railroad as well as its modern-day functions - however, we had two children 8 & 2, and this was not the type of attraction they enjoyed - there is very little in the "hands-on" realm for children. We rushed... More 

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