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Union Pacific Railroad Museum

200 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
+1 712-329-8307
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This is only a “fair” museum! The lack of outside exhibits and an extra poor gift shop are reasons... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Keith W
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Naperville, Illinois
Union Station

It is a great old building, very family friendly. The trains are in awesome condition and they have... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
vanderplieg17
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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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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.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good32%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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200 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
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+1 712-329-8307
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"carnegie library"
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"interactive displays"
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"president lincoln"
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"past and present"
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"all ages"
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"love trains"
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"public library"
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"train travel"
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"donation box"
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"small gift"
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"free admission"
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"great history lesson"
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"train buff"
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"american history"
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"volunteer staff"
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"lots of history"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is only a “fair” museum! The lack of outside exhibits and an extra poor gift shop are reasons to skip it! The location is quite bad and not easily found!

Thank Keith W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a great old building, very family friendly. The trains are in awesome condition and they have a nice variety

Thank vanderplieg17
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the family to this wonderful interactive museum of the culture of a city getting ready to go out west. The elementary school aged family members loved the interactive building of the rails for the train. They were able to pick out their avatar...More

Thank boatlvr13
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

Went here in summer 2016 with family while I was in town. It was very interesting. I just love the history of Council Bluffs, anyway, and the UP is a big part of that and of the history of the expansion of the U.S. If...More

Thank 344nancyh
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Reviewed 14 December 2017

A great uncle suggested we visit this wonderful museum. It was very easy to get to and we parked right out front. Enter on the lower level and find yourself in great displays of train/tracks/whistles/and history. The displays are well organized and there are local...More

Thank Jordie281
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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

This is a very nice museum that is laid out very well. We arrived about an hour and a half before closing and we could have spent more time. There is a lot to see and they have interactive displays that keep younger children entertained.

Thank Dojarani
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

This was the best railroad museum we have ever been to. They have many displays including activities for the kids like an engine set-up where they kids can run the controls like they are running the engine down the line or thru a yard. Very...More

Thank Eric S
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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

I've been on a binge to learn more about the building of our transcontinental railroads in Canada & the US. knowing that Council Bluffs was at one end I happened to be there, I took some time to visit the Union Pacific Railroad Museum. For...More

Thank calnevatraveler
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

For lovers of transportation, railroads and history, this is a gem to see! Located in the former Carnegie Library, this free exhibit explores Union Pacific-- and indirectly all American railroads -- in its relationship to the growth of our nation (promote national parks, standard time,...More

Thank Pierre S
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

We visited this three floor museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa this past September; it is housed in the former Carnegie Library. There is no charge for admission, but a donation is requested and greatly appreciated. Small exhibitions and a gift shop are on the first...More

Thank IdaIllinois
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Judy W
10 August 2017|
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Response from WStatesTraveler | Reviewed this property |
Half a day if you are really interested in railroad history.
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326randalls
13 July 2017|
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Response from brooklynnyc2014 | Reviewed this property |
parking isn't a issue
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Carolyn A
31 August 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
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