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Union Pacific Railroad Museum

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Very cool place

Very cool, interesting and educational place. Historically accurate with neat things to look at. As... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Wonderful museum about the Union Pacific RR

This museum is a wonderful history of the Union Pacific RR from conception to now. There is a lot... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
200 Pearl St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503-0825
+1 712-329-8307
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very cool, interesting and educational place. Historically accurate with neat things to look at. As an adult I had fun so I can't imagine what a child would think about it. Very good place.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is a wonderful history of the Union Pacific RR from conception to now. There is a lot of history to absorb, but there is enough interactive exhibits to keep one interested. Two floors of exhibits, one more of the past and the other...More

Thank teklamom
Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

I visited Omaha by coincidence just after finishing the Hell on Wheels tv series about building the Union Pacific. It was a ton of fun to see how much of the series was fact based (more than I thought!). There were a few interactive areas...More

Thank geogiasun12345
Reviewed August 9, 2018 via mobile

We have been hearing all day we want to see trains. So to the museum we came. Very very cool place. Free to enter just pay the meter for parking. Very informative and fun. Lots of things to learn.

Thank trooper198
Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

great museum been here twice. from the east coast I know all about the Pennsylvania RR, moved to KC now learning about the Union Pacific RR. this is a fantastic museum full of artifacts. history past to present. love the exhibit and movies on traveling...More

Thank billhordy
Reviewed July 26, 2018

We've seen more railway relics from yesteryear in other railway museums. This museum is mostly printed placards with lots to read. Apart from a large collection of UP dining crockery, there are not many railway relics on display. To be fair, there are well done...More

Thank aussiewanderers
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Museum is housed in the former public library building. The building itself is stunning. The renovation to make it the Union Pacific was awesome. Small gift shop. First floor has old train information. Interesting information regarding President Lincoln and accompanying artifacts. Upstairs had interactive children...More

Thank Dianne S
Reviewed July 21, 2018

Trains are not my thing, but I did enjoy looking at all of the architecture of this former Carnegie Library. Absolutely gorgeous! Three floors are filled with memorabilia, artifacts and history relating to the Union Pacific Railroad. There are some interactive things for kiddos as...More

Thank gabi_kansas
Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

We went to the UNION Pacific Museum for the family night and even took grandpa! It was a hit for the kids as well as grandpa. It’s a nice set up if you have a challenge with stairs they have an elevator...there are three floors...More

Thank cabinfan2
Reviewed July 6, 2018

Took my grandson here the other day. Been here once before and this place is always an eye opener to the history of trains. Staff is very friendly and always willing to tell you a bit more about the railroad and it's history. Plenty of...More

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Judy W
August 9, 2017|
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Response from WStatesTraveler | Reviewed this property |
Half a day if you are really interested in railroad history.
July 12, 2017|
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Response from brooklynnyc2014 | Reviewed this property |
parking isn't a issue
Carolyn A
August 30, 2016|
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Response from carriic | Reviewed this property |
1-3 hours, could be more if you like to do lots of reading. I think Grace may be confusing this museum with the Durham in Omaha, it's the one with the soda fountain. Also if you are going to see this museum in Council... More