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Union Pacific Railroad Museum

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Address: 200 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Phone Number:
+1 712-329-8307
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Hours:
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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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A Special Affair for Christmas at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum!

Holiday happenings! A special THANK YOU to the volunteers! The live reindeer were outside for all the kids to see. Pictures were taken! Cookies and cider were inside. The Museum... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
CancunGirl09
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Council Bluffs, IA
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Council Bluffs, IA
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Holiday happenings! A special THANK YOU to the volunteers! The live reindeer were outside for all the kids to see. Pictures were taken! Cookies and cider were inside. The Museum was open for all to see. What a great time it was as we warmed up to go back out to enjoy the ceremonial holiday lighting of Bayliss Park!

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Thank CancunGirl09
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Hands on and lots of history of the railroad. Family friendly and much to see and central location. Tour the old rail cars on display and see the schedules and ticket booths.

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Thank 884lindav
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

I really enjoyed the museum... it was very interesting and not boring especially being from around here it was very to go through.

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Thank Huskerkat
Seattle
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Driving south on Highway 29 in Iowa yesterday (Tuesday) we saw a huge Billboard advertising the UP Railroad Museum, and since I love trains we thought it would be a great place to visit. Turns out it's only open Thursday through Saturday, and only to groups of 10, and only if you make a booking 2 weeks in advance. Great... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This museum is in the old library building in downtown Council Bluffs, Iowa. Really nice displays for railroad buffs and this is all about the Union Pacific Railroad and history in the area. Not as many displays of cars, trains, and cabooses but overall it was entertaining for morning. UP could do so much more. Friendly staff and great old... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

This was our first stop and it was a highlight of the trip. Lots of great exhibits chronicle the history of Union Pacific. Highly recommended for train buffs and non-railroad enthusiasts too.

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Thank donjuan909
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Great place to visit past memoribelia, fun,interactive games, for history buffs, and current railroad and local bike trail enthusiasts. Loved the info on passenger travel on the trains, especially to the National Parks and Omaha. Loved it! Donate as you go in the museum . Very much worth your time.

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Thank waterfalllover2015
Persia
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is an excellent museum and if you like trains and western U.S. history there is a lot to see. The exhibits are excellent and the docents knowledgeable.

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Litchfield Park, Arizona
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210 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

It's free! Make sure you make a donation though. This is a very educational facility. We didn't have enough time to take it all in. Only complaint - lousy parking

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Rock Island, Illinois
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39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Not huge by any means but a nice little attraction for those who like trains. Daughter loved it, hopefully we will be back in a year or so!

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