March 7, 2018
5. Enjoy an Architectural Highlights tour and learn more about the building the museum calls home.
4. Visiting with kids under 4? Try out a Train Pack! They have several hands-on activities for kids relating to trains.
3. Experience Lincoln’s 1859 visit, retracing his footsteps in historic downtown Council Bluffs and exploring the Lincoln collection at the museum.
2. Take an audio tour! The recordings share expanded information and stories about our exhibits.
1. Invite us to bring the tour to you! If your group or organization is local ask about our available off-site presentations.
Tours are not limited just to school groups! We enjoy giving tours to all ages, and will work with you to create the best experience.
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February 23, 2018
Union Pacific Museum’s monthly family night will celebrate reading and literacy with storytimes hosted by Iowa Western Community College Reivers from the volleyball, women’s soccer and cheer teams. Other train book related activities will be hosted by Raise Me to Read, Council Bluffs Public Library, Operation Lifesaver, and Pottawattamie County Conservation. Enjoy live music with El Patrón and spin the prize wheel.
Admission is free; however, donations are gladly accepted.
Guests will receive a 2018 punch card upon arrival. Those who have their card stamped at least seven times this year are eligible to win a six-person trip aboard the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone, Iowa. The drawing will occur at the Dec. 7, 2018, family night. Winners must be present to win.
Family nights are held the first Friday of every month. In addition to providing extended hours for visitors to access the museum’s range of interactive railroading displays and the history of the west, each family night features a unique art or learning opportunity that is fun for the entire family. Next month’s Family Night is Apr. 6, and will feature the theme “Under the Big Top! Circus Night at the Museum” hosted by the Tangier Shrine.
February 6, 2018
This list could be much, much longer. You could mention posing on the back of a railroad business car like F.D.R., or peeking into President Lincoln’s private railcar, or you could even tout the free admission that gets you in the door!
But, we had to start somewhere!
Here are the Curator’s Top 5 (for now!) things to see at the Union Pacific Museum:
5. Are you a movie buff? Don’t miss the script for the 1939 movie Union Pacific signed by director Cecile B. DeMille in the America Travels by Rail exhibit. While you’re there you might as well admire all of the railroad china and silver on display from the heyday of railroad passenger travel.
4. Do tech and innovation get your pulse pounding? Check out the remote controlled locomotive (RCL) control on display in Working on the Railroad. That’s right, I said remote controlled locomotive! Not all locomotives on the railroad are operated remotely though, you can sit in the engineer’s seat and take a spin in the locomotive simulator too!
3. Maybe it’s not railroads at all that get you up in the morning, although I can’t imagine it! How about investigating the history of the dinosaur footprint on display in Building America? Yes, a real fossil! You’ll have to come and see it for yourself to see the connection between this dino and the railroad.
2. It really was the wild west when Union Pacific completed the nation’s first transcontinental railroad and a lot of unsavory characters came west to make their fortune. In the Building America exhibit you can explore the exciting history of the railroad police and see Agent Jesse Sitton’s badge. Agent Sitton was killed in the line of duty, but his badge tells an interesting story; why does the bullet seem to come from the back of the badge? You’ll have to visit to find out!
1. But when you visit, you simply cannot miss the small, silver and gold plated, railroad spike that was witness to the events at Promontory Summit, Utah, on May 10, 1869. The “Arizona Spike,” or composite spike, was presented by the territory of Arizona to Union Pacific. This special spike, along with a gold spike from California and a silver spike from Nevada, were gently tapped into a special laurel wood tie to signify the completion of the railroad. The Arizona Spike is on loan to the Museum from the Museum of the City of New York. To see the other two, you’ll have to make the journey to Stanford University’s Cantor Museum!
Now, go out and bring all of your friends! Create your own Top 5 List of the reasons why YOU like to visit the Union Pacific Museum. We can’t wait to see you!