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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.

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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.

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"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 fall:

    • Saturday, August  27: From Steam Engines to Rocket Ships: Pushing Boundaries
    • Saturday, September 24: Railroad Days!

    Learn more and register