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Union Pacific Railroad Museum

200 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
+1 712-329-8307
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Best use of free time

I've been on a binge to learn more about the building of our transcontinental railroads in Canada... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Salinas, California
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For lovers of transportation, railroads and history, this is a gem to see! Located in the former... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pierre S
Topeka, Kansas
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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.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
200 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
+1 712-329-8307
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Reviewed yesterday 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed the museum. If you get a chance to talk to the Museum Collections Manager, Patricia LaBounty, do so - she is incredibly knowledgeable and an interesting/engaging speaker.

Thank Ginny M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took my 2 year old grandson who loves trains and he had a great time. There were a lot of exhibits he could touch and climb on.

Thank Denise D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There were interactive displays and lots of exhibits that I'm sure I would have enjoyed more without keeping track of my 5 year old grandson. It appeared the museum had a great volunteer staff.

Thank kokicmp
Reviewed 12 August 2017

I 'grew up" in the old library now occupied by the museum and so it is good to see what a great use it has been put to. One floor of the museum is history and one floor is rail technology over the years. If...More

Thank klcaincsc
Reviewed 28 July 2017

The story of the railroad western expansion is well told at the museum. The museum is in the old Carnegie library downtown.

Thank jgc760
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

First: the museum is only open Thursday- Saturday from 10-4. And it is free. When you walk in it's not impressive, but it gets better. Lots of information for adults and things to do for kids. There is a train simulator, you can take free...More

Thank Stefan B
Reviewed 17 July 2017

you can actually go into some of the trains, there was a lot of good information and a variety of things to see.

Thank saminkc
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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.
13 July 2017|
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Response from brooklynnyc2014 | Reviewed this property |
parking isn't a issue
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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