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Union Pacific Railroad Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Great historical museum for all ages

A free museum located in the downtown Council Bluffs area. Must park along in the meters along the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
maschmit
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Johns Creek, Georgia
Wonderful exhibits in a fabulous historic building

A must-see for train enthusiasts. The exhibit areas are well done, with a fine mix of static and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Krista L
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Columbia, Missouri
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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200 Pearl St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503-0825
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A free museum located in the downtown Council Bluffs area. Must park along in the meters along the street, but was able to find those without too much trouble. Museum is great for kids with the interactive exhibits and great for adults with all of...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must-see for train enthusiasts. The exhibit areas are well done, with a fine mix of static and interactive displays. My train-loving son absolutely loved it. The museum devotes space to the transcontinental railway as well as the evolution of passenger travel in the twentieth...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the museum during railroad days. We had not visited in a couple of years. It is well layed out and gives a great overview of the history of the Railroad. We especially enjoyed learning of Lincoln's role in the development of the railroad....More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great museum for the whole family. A lot of activates for young children and a great deal of interesting history about the Union Pacific and other railroads that is very well presented. Plus a lot of history about railroading in general.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 10, 2019

My only issue with this museum is that we did not allocate enough time to adequately explore all the fabulous exhibits!

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 1, 2019 via mobile

Union Pacific Railroad museum was a great find for a day outing in Council Bluffs. The staff was great and the exhibits especially the train simulator was fantastic for the young one.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed June 3, 2019

This is for sure the place to go if your looking for a good family activity. The interactive train exhibits are fun, along with the history you learn. The gift shift is a bit small, but then again the museum is the main focus. It...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank Michael L
Reviewed June 1, 2019

The content in this museum is really good but slightly disappointed for a railroad Museum not to have any engines. But there are lots of interesting things on show in an amazing building which was originally a library. Shop was very disappointing felt that they...More

Date of experience: May 2019
2  Thank Frankie030
Reviewed May 25, 2019 via mobile

We stopped here with our 2 boys (ages 13 & 10). So much to see, hands on exhibits and activities. The boys had fun exploring all of the areas of the museum. Says free, but they ask for a suggested donation of $5 per adult...More

Date of experience: May 2019
2  Thank kristinad496
Reviewed May 23, 2019

This is one of the best railroad museums that we have visited. It is well laid out with activities for kids.

Date of experience: May 2019
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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.
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326randalls
July 12, 2017|
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Response from brooklynnyc2014 | Reviewed this property |
parking isn't a issue
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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
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