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

Dec. 21-23, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Dec. 28-30, 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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  • New Year Fun and Fitness Jumpstart at the Union Pacific Museum!
    January 05, 2018
    Welcome to the New Year! Our latest exhibit, Working on the Railroad, opened in December 2017, and all of us at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum are excited to continue learning about our new displays and gadgets. Since our curators carefully designed our exhibit to interact with our guests and because many of us have made resolutions for a healthier New Year, we have devised a little boot camp introduction for our team and guests so that they can learn more and get fit at the same time!
  • Friday, Jan. 5: Pajama Night at the Museum! (5-7 pm)
    January 03, 2018
    Relax and enjoy after the busy holiday season! Come explore the museum while wearing your pajamas! Learn about traveling in a sleeper car, and enjoy activities from both Pottawattamie County Conservation and the Council Bluffs Library. There will be a pajama parade at 6PM!
  • Top 5 Reasons to Visit!
    December 02, 2017
    Have you never visited the Union Pacific Museum? Thinking about putting us on your list? Maybe these Top 5 reasons to visit will get you on your way to visit!
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