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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  • Saturday, Feb. 18: Celebrate Black History Month (1 - 3 p.m.)
    February 17, 2017
    The Union Pacific Railroad Museum is partnering with Union Pacific's Black Employee Network (BEN) to celebrate Black History Month for a special event held Saturday, Feb. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. During the event, BEN members will host "stations" throughout the museum, allowing visitors to experience the unique history of the American Negro Baseball League.  The Great Plains Black History Museum is a special partner for the event and will bring artifacts and information on the metro area's involvement in the League.
  • Friday, Feb. 3: Lincoln's Birthday Bash! Family Night at the Museum
    January 26, 2017
    Join us to celebrate Lincoln's birthday!  See how you measure up to the U.S.'s tallest President, listen to stories, and tour the museum while wearing a party hat.
  • Friday, Jan. 6: Dress to Impress: Pajama Night at the Museum (5-7 p.m.)
    December 30, 2016
    Wear your favorite, public ready pajamas and come tour the museum.  Pottawattamie County Conservation and the Council Bluffs Public Library have activities to enjoy.  Don't forget to join our pajama parade at 6!
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