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 

The museum is open:

Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Masks are required from 10:00 to 12:00 p.m.

The museum will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov 25


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Visitor Reviews

"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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  • Our mission is to share American History through the lens of the railroad, connecting generations who have been impacted by Union Pacific

    The museum is housed in a historic Carnegie Library building in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

    Visitors can explore an extensive compilation of items from 150 years of our nation's western history, including artifacts, photographs, documents and equipment.

    Donate or become a patron

    All donations support the Union Pacific Museum Association, a 501(c)3 registered nonprofit. 

  • Join us for our public events

    We offer many special tours and events throughout the year. Coming this December:

    • Saturday, December 3rd: Winter Arts & Crafts
    • Saturday, December 10th: Family Game Day with Spielbound Game Cafe
    • December 15-17: N-Scale Train Layout

    Learn more and register