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Union Pacific Railroad Museum

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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 4 October 2018
a77bruin
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Sedona, Arizona
Railroad History in Council Bluffs, IA

The Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, IA is a "must see" railroad museum in the... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Beverly F
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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.
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200 Pearl St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503-0825
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Reviewed 4 October 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

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Reviewed 3 October 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

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Reviewed 29 September 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!

Thank FormerHoosier
Reviewed 28 August 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.

Thank koehlermissy
Reviewed 25 August 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

Thank teklamom
Reviewed 11 August 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

Thank geogiasun12345
Reviewed 10 August 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.

Thank trooper198
Reviewed 5 August 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

Thank billhordy
Reviewed 27 July 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

Thank aussiewanderers
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Museum is housed in the former public library building. The building itself is stunning. The renovation to make it the Union Pacific was awesome. Small gift shop. First floor has old train information. Interesting information regarding President Lincoln and accompanying artifacts. Upstairs had interactive children...More

Thank Dianne S
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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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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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