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September 28, 2017

Friday, Oct. 6: ¡Todos a Bordo! Hispanic Heritage Night at the Museum (5-7 p.m.)

September 28, 2017

Oct. 6, 5-7 p.m. the Union Pacific Museum celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with “¡Todos a Bordo! Hispanic Heritage Night at the Museum.”  Union Pacific’s Latino Employee Network (LEN) and El Centro Latino are partnering with the Union Pacific Museum to share our history in Spanish.  Visitors will receive a ticket to explore eight different stations providing facts about the railroad and the community.  Station content will be available in English and Spanish languages, with translations provided by LEN volunteers.  Council Bluffs Parks and Recreation will provide community fall sports information and sign up.  Join the Council Bluffs Public Library Youth Department for a story, and learn more about Operation Lifesaver.

Repeat guests should bring their Family Night 2017 punch card and check in upon arrival. Individuals who get their card stamped at least seven times this year are eligible for a six-person trip aboard the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone, Iowa. A drawing for the trip will occur at the December 1, 2017 family night. Winners must be present to win.

Admission is free to all family nights. Donations are gladly accepted.

Family Nights at the Museum are hosted the first Friday of every month from 5-7 p.m. In addition to providing extended hours for visitors to access the Museum’s range of interactive displays on railroading and the history of the west, family nights feature unique arts or learning opportunities that are fun for the entire family. Next month’s Family Night on Nov. 3 is, “Be Prepared! Night at the Museum.”

Friday, Sept. 1: Bison Night! (5-7 pm)

August 22, 2017

The Union Pacific Railroad Museum’s Sept. 1 family night is all about bison, a critical natural resource in the American West. Play a bone slide game, touch a bison hide and join our fashion show by showing off your bison purse or western look. Enjoy a bison puppet show hosted by the Council Bluffs Public Library and activities provided by Nebraska’s Wildlife Safari Park!

Repeat guests should bring their Family Night 2017 punch card and check in upon arrival. Individuals who get their card stamped at least seven times this year will eligible for a six-person trip aboard the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone, Iowa. The special drawing for the trip will occur at the December 2017 family night. You must be present to win.

Admission is free to all family nights. Donations are gladly accepted.

Family Nights at the Museum are held the first Friday of every month from 5-7 p.m. In addition to providing extended hours for visitors to access the Museum’s range of interactive displays on railroading and the history of the west, each family night also features a unique arts or learning opportunity that is fun for the entire family. Next month’s Family Night is Oct. 6 and features the theme, “¡Todos a Bordo! Hispanic Heritage Night at the Museum.”

Friday, Aug. 4: Track it Down! (5-7 pm)

July 28, 2017

The Union Pacific Railroad Museum’s final summer family night on Friday, Aug. 4, is all about following tracks. Find the Museum’s dinosaur footprint and learn how it came to be, identify the tracks of animals that can be found locally, and discover the upcoming solar eclipse’s track and the best way to view it.  This month’s partners include the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Fontenelle Forest, the Omaha Astronomical Society, the National Park Service and Boys Town. 

Repeat guests should bring their Family Night 2017 punch card and check in upon arrival. Individuals who get their card stamped at least seven times this year will eligible for a six-person trip aboard the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone, Iowa. New visitors can request a card upon check in at the Museum. The special drawing for the trip will occur at the December 2017 family night. You must be present to win.

Admission is free to all family nights. Donations are gladly accepted.

Family Nights at the Museum are held the first Friday of every month from 5-7 p.m. In addition to providing extended hours for visitors to access the Museum’s range of interactive displays on railroading and the history of the west, each family night also features a unique arts or learning opportunity that is fun for the entire family. Next month’s Family Night is Sept. 1 and features the theme, “Bison Night! Family Night at the Museum.”

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