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.


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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  • Train Excursion Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017
    June 13, 2017
    The Union Pacific Railroad Museum is proud to announce the 2017 Museum Special, an exclusive chance for the public to travel on Union Pacific’s heritage equipment across the mainline from Omaha to Columbus, Neb., roundtrip. Scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., proceeds from this unique opportunity will directly benefit the Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Tickets will be available June 16, on a first-come, first-served basis.  Click to see the full story and find the link to learn more or purchase tickets.
  • "Friday, June 2: Ticket to Ride! (5-7 p.m.)
    May 24, 2017
    Join us for a fun Family Night with activities and information provided by Camerail Club, Heartland B-Cycle, Pottawattamie County Conservation and more!  Learn about some of the vacation destinations the railroad would take visitors to as well as some spots around the Council Bluffs and Omaha area that are fun to visit.
  • Friday, May 5: "We Can Do It! Women's History Night at the Museum" (5-7 p.m.)
    May 03, 2017
    Join us to meet some of the amazing women that work for Union Pacific!  Hear the stories of how they came to work for the railroad and what these "women of steel" do every day.  Pottawattamie County Conservation, Operation Lifesaver, and the Council Bluffs Public Library will have activities to enjoy!
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