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“Spend a few hours here...”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Union Station

Union Station
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Trolley Tour of Salt Lake City
Ranked #2 of 43 things to do in Ogden
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Owner description: For 50 years this stately and historic depot served as a major hub for transcontinental rail service. Today, it remains a monument to grand rail stations of the early 20th-century and includes four museums: the Utah State Railroad Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Browning Kimball Car Museum and the Browning Firearms Museum.
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“Spend a few hours here...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

If you are looking for something to do for a few hours.... We ate at the Union Grill first- It was delicious! Then we went over to the Museum and checked out all the railroad history, and then we headed upstairs to look at guns (Super cool gun collection/ needed more time to take it all in), and then we headed to the little classic car museum, and then we checked out the trains outside... It was a great deal, seeing all these different things under one roof!

Visited April 2013
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“Trains/Guns/Cars?! Three Excellent Museums in One!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

Whether you have kids who want to see giant train engines, or if you are a history buff, this is an excellent way to spend time. The Union Station is a restored (non-operating) train station, with a glorious atrium (high artistic ceilings, with wonderful murals). It has a gift shop where you buy the tickets (only $5!) and you enter the museums off to the side. Also off the atrium are one or two changing quality art shows.

Outside are many magnificent train engines, and a few specialty cars, like the military hospital car, a mail car, and the Olympic car. I eagerly read every word on the detailed signs telling why each one was unique. I later took the tour and learned a bit more, and got to enter some cars. Inside you start with the train museum which shows in words and old photos the history of the transatlantic railroads which brought change to the West and this town. Only 57 miles north of Ogden was the historic "last silver spike" where the east and west, Union Pacific and the Central Pacific, rails met in 1859. Read/see fascinating stories, not just about crazy construction obstacles, but, like, how the train time schedules made people conscious of "time" and increased the need for clocks and watches.

I am not interested in guns, but I it was included in the price, so I went, and enjoyed seeing the authentic John M Browning collection and the stories behind the changes in designs. I also almost didn't go into the Browning-Kimball Automobile Museum (mostly 1930s and 1940s) bec. it looked so small & I've been to some great collections. Was I wrong! Each car is there for a specific unique reason; what a special collection! The grounds are lovely, and there's a restaurant there, but it was closed. Some of the state offices (eg, tourist center) are moved, so check before you go, if that is why you are going there. It's an amazing American treasure at a low price.

Visited September 2012
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Layton, Utah
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“Good food, great place for kids”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Nice restaurant, nothing too fancy and prices a little higher than most standard restaurants. Good selection and kids menu available. However, the location is fantastic. It's just off historic 25th Street in Ogden, and if you have younger kids, especially boys, they will love the train museum. They also have some locomotives outside that you can wander around and explore - a must for the younger kids.

Visited January 2013
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“Neat area!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

There wasn't anything going on there at the time, but the grounds were so much fun in which to stroll. Nicely done area, and the locomotives on display were wonderful. Walking up the street from the station was so nice, and we found a wonderful little restaurant with some outdoor seating. The street is lined with many painted horses by many different artists, and also has many great sculptures/statues depicting children in motion. A lovely couple of hours.

Visited September 2012
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“Knowledgeable staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

Good food! Great Service! We had questions about the menu and asked the waitress, she knew what she was talking about. One in our party didn't believe her, and doubled check on google. We were pleased that our know it all friend doesn't know it all!

Visited October 2012
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