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Union Pacific Railroad Museum

200 Pearl St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503-0825
+1 712-329-8307
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Cute little place

I have been here a few times as my son is a train lover and I am always impressed at the place. It... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Josie S
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Omaha, Nebraska
A look back in time

This Museum is laid out very well, it tells the story of the of growth of the Union Pacific... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
MrLucky917
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San Diego, Ca
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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200 Pearl St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503-0825
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+1 712-329-8307
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"carnegie library"
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"interactive displays"
in 18 reviews
"president lincoln"
in 7 reviews
"love trains"
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"all ages"
in 15 reviews
"public library"
in 6 reviews
"train travel"
in 3 reviews
"free admission"
in 7 reviews
"volunteer staff"
in 4 reviews
"great history lesson"
in 3 reviews
"great for kids"
in 6 reviews
"american history"
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"small gift shop"
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"entrance fee"
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"lots of history"
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"the lower level"
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"step back in time"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been here a few times as my son is a train lover and I am always impressed at the place. It is very well done and they use the space extremely efficient. It is just jam packed with information but the space is...More

Thank Josie S
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This Museum is laid out very well, it tells the story of the of growth of the Union Pacific railroad. I was surprised that there wasn't any admission charge. If you are in or traveling through this area I would set aside 90 minutes to...More

Thank MrLucky917
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Reviewed 5 May 2018

we were looking for a short trip and decided ti visit this museum,very interesting and it was a small donation,if you love trains go visit it,you will not be disappointed

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Reviewed 24 April 2018

A very interesting study museum. New throughout with interactive exhibits that would be great for kids. Very friendly and encouraging, well informed staff. I was impressed at the details included in the exhibits particularly about the westward expansion and early railroading. Recommended for school children...More

Thank Rodger S
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Reviewed 14 April 2018

The UP railroad Museum was a wonderful way to spend 90 minutes after visiting the Squirrel Cage. Volunteer staff were friendly and helpful. The museum collection was well organized, with just the right size layout to illuminate without overwhelming. I especially enjoyed looking at the...More

Thank David D
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

Many displays were spoiled by being out of date. Worst was the Hurrah for Hollywood. A wonderful collection of photographs of days gone by celebrities in railroad contexts, that teased the person's name rather than giving it. Only the oldest of senior citizens have a...More

Thank JamesRobinsonLowe
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

My husband and I stopped there last fall. We enjoyed our visit the volunteers there are retired engineers with so much knowledge and history about the old train days. We really enjoyed the museum.

Thank Audrey K
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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

I was a Telegrapher Clerk Towerman for Southern Pacific Railroad in the 60s. I enjoyed the MP history. For a free admission this was pretty good, but I would have loved to have seen even more equipment.

Thank Bilsano
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

The museum showcases the history of the Union Pacific Railroad with spectacular interactive displays, interesting to both young and old. There is no entrance fee, though visitors can leave a contribution to the museum. The audio self guided tour was not working well when we...More

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Reviewed 4 February 2018

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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Judy W
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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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