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Union Pacific Railroad Museum

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Fascinating! And beautiful building!

We went on a very short casino trip to the area. Looking for things to do during the day and ended... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Augusta, Georgia
Very Pleasantly Surprised!

I didn’t expect much when we decided to go to this museum. After all, how great can this be in the... read more

Reviewed October 4, 2018
Sedona, Arizona
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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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200 Pearl St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503-0825
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We went on a very short casino trip to the area. Looking for things to do during the day and ended up at the UP museum not knowing what to expect. The building was originally a Carnegie library. that alone was worth the visit for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed October 4, 2018

I didn’t expect much when we decided to go to this museum. After all, how great can this be in the small town of Council Bluffs Iowa?? Well boy was I wrong. This museum had fabulous displays for adults and incredible interactive displays for kids....or...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

The Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, IA is a "must see" railroad museum in the Midwest. You will learn about the Transcontinental Railroad, passenger service of the Union Pacific, and the modern railroad today. It is interesting, informative, and has interactive displays. Great...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

We visited the UP museum today and loved it! Lots of interesting displays, loads of history and interactive displays. And it’s free! Very worthwhile!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank FormerHoosier
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Very cool, interesting and educational place. Historically accurate with neat things to look at. As an adult I had fun so I can't imagine what a child would think about it. Very good place.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank koehlermissy
Reviewed August 24, 2018

This museum is a wonderful history of the Union Pacific RR from conception to now. There is a lot of history to absorb, but there is enough interactive exhibits to keep one interested. Two floors of exhibits, one more of the past and the other...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank teklamom
Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

I visited Omaha by coincidence just after finishing the Hell on Wheels tv series about building the Union Pacific. It was a ton of fun to see how much of the series was fact based (more than I thought!). There were a few interactive areas...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank geogiasun12345
Reviewed August 9, 2018 via mobile

We have been hearing all day we want to see trains. So to the museum we came. Very very cool place. Free to enter just pay the meter for parking. Very informative and fun. Lots of things to learn.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank trooper198
Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

great museum been here twice. from the east coast I know all about the Pennsylvania RR, moved to KC now learning about the Union Pacific RR. this is a fantastic museum full of artifacts. history past to present. love the exhibit and movies on traveling...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank billhordy
Reviewed July 26, 2018

We've seen more railway relics from yesteryear in other railway museums. This museum is mostly printed placards with lots to read. Apart from a large collection of UP dining crockery, there are not many railway relics on display. To be fair, there are well done...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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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.
July 12, 2017|
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Response from brooklynnyc2014 | Reviewed this property |
parking isn't a issue
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