Explore Railroad

Located in historic downtown Council Bluffs, Iowa, on the Missouri River, we're a great place for friends and family to come and learn about the Union Pacific Railroad.


Museum Information

General Admission is free

Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

All donations support the Union Pacific Museum Association, a 501(c)3 registered nonprofit.


Holiday Hours

New in 2017!
Open Nov. 24, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Visitor Reviews

"Great place to go on a winter's day. Very educational!"

"Keep up the good work. It was fun learning about trains. It's an amazing museum!"

"This museum has fantastic displays! Love the demonstration of what made America great: hard working American spirit!"

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  • Saturday, Nov. 18: Celebrate Native American Heritage Month (1-3 p.m.)
    November 15, 2017
    Union Pacific Railroad Museum is partnering with Union Pacific's Council of Native American Heritage (CONAH), an employee resource group, to celebrate National Native American Heritage Month on Nov. 18 with a free lecture by University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) professor of history Kent Blansett entitled, "When the Stars Fell from the Sky: the Cherokee Nation and Autonomy in the Civil War."
  • Top 5 Reasons to Volunteer
    November 02, 2017
    Volunteering at the UPRR Museum has given me backstage access to rich history, a great band of friends, opportunities to meet people from all over the world, and sometimes leads to harmless mischief.  If you are looking for any of those things, I urge you to join our team! Learn more here!
  • Thursday, Nov. 16: Project Reindeer!
    November 02, 2017
    Join us for an evening of fun with live reindeer as we celebrate the ceremonial holiday lighting of Bayliss Park!
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