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, 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!
  • Saturday, April 29: "Move Over, Sir!: Women Working on the Railroad" Exhibit Opening
    April 12, 2017
    The grand opening of our new exhibit will begin with the ribbon cutting by the mayor at 10:00 a.m.  There will be appearances by Bonnie Leake and Edwina Justus, two groundbreaking female engineers.  Everyone is invited to attend and explore the exhibit about the history of women working on the railroad.
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