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Union Pacific Railroad Museum

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Address: 200 Pearl St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503-0825
Phone Number: 17123298307
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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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Nice museum

Very nice museum that tells the background of the Union Pacific Railroad. Lots of artifacts from the past and how they used dynamite to get thru the mountains to meet up with the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
slkanger
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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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Poti, Georgia
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum was interesting and had very interesting information on President Lincoln that I had not known before my visit. There were interactive aspects for children and it did give information from the beginning to present. I was a little disappointed there were not real trains to explore, but then space did not allow for that.

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice museum that tells the background of the Union Pacific Railroad. Lots of artifacts from the past and how they used dynamite to get thru the mountains to meet up with the Western Pacific in Utah. Simulators so you can see what it's like to be an Engineer. Free Will Donations. A must see for all train buffs.

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Sacramento CA
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133 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This free museum (donations requested) is located in a renovated Carnegie Library and they have done an excellent job. The exhibits on the railroad, past and present, are logically laid out with many interactive displays that appeal to all ages. Children will not be bored here

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Thank jonthethird
Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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198 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took our seven year old granddaughter to this museum based on other TA reports. Nice facility, not a lot for small kids. Several exhibits were not working. More appropriate for a little older children. Good for adults. Free but they do ask for donations. Worth a visit for a little older kids.

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Thank MilesL44
Graniteville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm so glad we drove over from Omaha to enjoy this museum. Everyone from our elementary child to grandpa enjoyed the visit. The displays were very well thought out and full of interesting facts. My child enjoyed the hands on activies as well. The best part? It is FREE!

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Thank Noteworthymom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Union Pacific Museum is a great place to learn history of the company, located in a old library .Has lots of photos and interactive displays. However there are no trains to ride or see.

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Thank lochsloy
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 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 

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Gretna, Nebraska, United States
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

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.

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Salem, Oregon
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271 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

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

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Thank jeannecass
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

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!

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