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Union Pacific Railroad Museum

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Address: 200 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Phone Number:
+1 712-329-8307
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Hours:
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Our museum has chronicled more than 150 years of American railroad history...

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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Fun, Relaxing & Educational

We have visited the UP Museum multiple times with our now 5 year old. We all enjoy the museum. There is a lot to see (you probably can't soak it all in with one visit). And the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Travis C
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Omaha, Nebraska
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Omaha, Nebraska
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28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have visited the UP Museum multiple times with our now 5 year old. We all enjoy the museum. There is a lot to see (you probably can't soak it all in with one visit). And the museum regularly has special events that make visits even more fun.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They have done a great job making this interactive. It was very interesting for myself and my son, age 7. I was worried that there wouldn't be enough to entertain him, but he loved it!

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Harrison, Nebraska
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188 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in while on business in Omaha. Parking is plentiful, and curbside meters are cheap. Once you enter the building you are tackled by the museum volunteers. Usually made up of retired railroad workers and family, they are super in-the-know. Exhibits are laid out logically, and are very informative. I especially enjoyed the exhibit showing the close relationship between the... More 

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glenwood iowa
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50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's been a few years but I wouldn't think this would be interesting to children. The only thing that might be somewhat interesting was the simulator. If you've been to railroad or transportation museums in other cities, I think you would find this disappointing.

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Looking for something to do that's cheap? Great to see how the railroad started and lots of hands on stuff for kids. It's in our old public library which has moved. The building is historic and just a great atmosphere.

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Thank 793merric
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

This meaume was so interesting they had a lot of educational things for my children and had things the children could try and play. Staff was very helpful and directed us in the right place and answered questions when we asked very good with children thank you

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Thank Sarah S
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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Our boys (ages 6, 8, 10, 14) absolutely loved this place. The Carnegie building inside and out is amazing if you're into architecture. The displays were interactive, high tech and memorable! So glad we stopped here while traveling from Des Moines to Denver.

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Thank Teammilitello
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

This is a nice museum about Union Pacific RR that is child friendly. Interactive activities for the kids that they enjoy

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Thank EJE217
Council Bluffs, IA
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Holiday happenings! A special THANK YOU to the volunteers! The live reindeer were outside for all the kids to see. Pictures were taken! Cookies and cider were inside. The Museum was open for all to see. What a great time it was as we warmed up to go back out to enjoy the ceremonial holiday lighting of Bayliss Park!

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Thank CancunGirl09
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Hands on and lots of history of the railroad. Family friendly and much to see and central location. Tour the old rail cars on display and see the schedules and ticket booths.

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