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.


Holiday Hours

We will be closed Nov. 24, 25 and Dec. 24. Open Dec. 31

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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  • Holiday Happenings at the UP Museum
    Nov. 17 – There is something for everyone at the Union Pacific Museum this Holiday season! From Family Night on Dec. 2, to a goodwill donation wrapping service on Dec. 10 and 17, to a special premier of our Holiday model train display at "Trains and Trees" on Dec. 15, visitors will find plenty to do this Holiday season at the Union Pacific Museum.
  • Thursday, Nov. 17: Project Reindeer! (6-8 p.m.)
    Nov. 09 – Join us for an evening of fun with live reindeer, cookies and cider as we celebrate the ceremonial holiday lighting of Bayliss Park!
  • Friday, November 4: Can You Dig It? Dirt Night at the Museum (5-7 p.m.)
    Oct. 27 – Visitors will see a live animal from the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, learn about different types of soil with an activity from Pottawattamie County Conservation and little ones can be paleontologists in a Dig for Dinosaurs game. Guests will also be invited to spin to win the prize wheel for passes to the movie "Trolls."
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