Union Pacific Railroad Museum, Council Bluffs

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Union Pacific Railroad Museum is housed in a historic Carnegie Library building in Council Bluffs, Iowa. At the museum, you'll discover an extensive compilation of artifacts, photographs, documents and equipment from one of our nation's most ambitious endeavors - constructing the transcontinental railroad. The museum also strives to promote a sense of contentedness among generations of people whose histories have been touched by Union Pacific Railroad.


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  • we had to book online because of limited visitors during pandemic. it was free and easy . the museum has 3 story and all the display and informations are great .volunteers available answered all our.....  more »
  • The museum is chocked with railroad history, and like a trip back in time to the days of early rail travel. Free Virtual UP Happy Hours that the museum has been hosting on Saturday evening have been....  more »
  • This place was breathtaking, amazing, and fun. The train exhibits were my fave but all was interesting and fun to explore. The soda shop was a treat at end of our visit. Must go for anyone whether...  more »
  • Touch history here. Eastern beginning of the great transcontinental train project. Ramp and stairs access. Enter beneath the stone stairs to old library main doors. Good elevator serves three floors. Building built by Carnegie and his special glass to permit outside light to shine in.
  • The Union Pacific Railroad Museum has a little bit of something for almost every taste; there's lots of memorabilia for fans of train trivia, interactive exhibits for children, and a wealth of educational and interesting info on luxury trains from history.The museum has 2 floors (with an elevator for those who need to or choose to skip the stairs). Visitors can watch videos and read plaques and displays which provide information about the history of railroading in America. I found this museum a very informative and interesting place to visit and would recommend it highly to anyone who loves trains and/or wants to learn more about them :-)
  • 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 “adult kids”. There was an entire room devoted to Abraham Lincoln and how he was connected to the Union Pacific RR. I must apologize to the city of Council Bluffs....it was a wonderful city filled with history and friendly people.
  • Great with history. Life size train features. Plus an old map of where railroads were across the nation. Iron rails ruled before highways were paved.
  • Surprising great museum. Though some feeling of corporate propaganda, still very enjoyable. Elementary aged kid loved the interactivity. Free with suggested donation.

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