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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  • Friday, Aug. 4: Track it Down! (5-7 pm)
    July 28, 2017
    Join us to talk about dinosaur and animal tracks, discover the upcoming solar eclipse's track and more at Family Night!
  • Friday, July 7: "Red, White & You" (5-7 p.m.)
    June 23, 2017
    Join us for a fun evening all about first responders and veterans.  Meet your community firefighters, see inside a fire truck, and meet a police officer, county deputy and one of Union Pacific"s own special agents.  And don't forget to see the model military trains, speak with several veterans who now work for Union Pacific and enjoy story time.
  • 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.
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