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Union Pacific Railroad Museum

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Address: 200 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Phone Number: 17123298307
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Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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UPRR Museum

So much to see. My favorite part is the section with the history of passenger train travel. The volunteers are alway helpful and full of information, but will leave you be to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

So much to see. My favorite part is the section with the history of passenger train travel. The volunteers are alway helpful and full of information, but will leave you be to explore on your own if you'd rather. Exhibits for all ages as well. Have been multiple times and it appears they have added much in the last year... More 

Thank carriic
Gretna, Nebraska, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My kids and I have visited this museum nearly every year. Some of the exhibits changes every year, but most stay the same. That is not to say that the exhibits that stay the same throughout the years do not hold appeal. The real trains, real trolley and other authentic exhibits are a must every single time.

Thank Grace J
Salem, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We rally enjoyed this museum, loved talking to a gentleman who used to work in the railroads, he was just full of history and interesting facts

Thank jeannecass
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the museum June 2016. We loved learning about trains and the railroad and appreciated the hands on activities for kids. It had wonderful displays and it is free! Definitely recommend this one!

Thank Carl T
Douglas, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on a Wednesday. Not many people there. Admission if free, but when you walk in they have a suggested donation box. ($5.00 adults $3.00 kids) The history here is amazing- the pictures and artifacts were incredible. Many of the displays are interactive. Fun for any age- really was cool to find out history if UPRR and how they... More 

Thank KAG121
Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

What a great place. I've lived in Omaha all my life and never visited before. Located in a beautiful building, the displays are wonderful and very informative. Some nice technology to tell the stories. From the history of building the transcontinental railroad to the modern day Union Pacific, it brings to life the significance the railroad has played in the... More 

Thank Bill N
Leavenworth, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

The place is free but you can leave donations. The old library building it is in is fantastic. Exhibits are nice. Kids friendly.

Thank Jason B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Interesting to see old photographs, equipment and see how the improvements have changed over time. Old train cars, old dining dinnerware, sleeping quarters. From long ago to today's date, unreal.

Thank 431gerryc
Pleasantville, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

This was a pleasant surprise. It is a very high quality museum. It is free and is very extensive. It has fabulous exhibits and tells a very interesting story of the famous history of the transcontinental railroad, which started here.

Thank richardjwaksman
Stillwater, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

Great No admission charge a plus. Meter Parking free on Saturday and Sunday. A great history lesson how the Union Pacific made the way out west. Some interactive displays always cool. Wonderful gift shop, Workers very friendly and knowledgeable at least the ones that were there that day. 3 floors that includes gift shop on first one and displays on... More 

Thank David O

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