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

Free, Self-Guided General Admission

The museum is open: 

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

Masks are strongly encouraged when the community level is elevated.

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"Keep up the good work. It was fun learning about trains. It's an amazing museum!"

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  • New Additional Hours!

    Beginning May 26th, we expanding our regular hours to include Sundays, 12 to 6 p.m.!

    Our Summer hours will continue through August 25th.

    • Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Sunday 12 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Dog Days of Summer!

    Kick off summer with the UPRR Museum! Join us from 11 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 25th to celebrate the start of summer and the opening of our new hours!

    With special guests the Council Bluffs Police Department, the Council Bluffs Fire Department, and the Midlands Humane Society, learn all about summer safety for you and your furry friends!

    Create your own dog to add to our dog park, or take home with you, decorate our sidewalk with your best chalk designs, and enjoy bubbles outside!

    This event is free and open to the public

  • Club Car Conversation

    It’s time for another Club Car Conversation!

    This month we will be discussing the role of the Railroad during the Civil War. Join us at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom on May 28th.The Civil War is often referred to as the “first railroad war,” as railroads became vitally important to both Confederate and Union troops. Railroads, a relatively new technology at the time, could quickly move troops and supplies and had the unique capability of carrying guns and artillery. But the North and the South had very different rail networks.

    Club Car Conversations are casual chats about railroads, history and pop culture! They are free to join, just RSVP to receive the Zoom link!

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    Check out our new book!

    Looking for some throwback recipes? Check out our new UP Commissary cook book! For more than a century, UP employees delivered high-quality meals and service to the public traveling on their iconic trains. This mid-20th century Dining Car Service Manual from the UP collection has been reproduced for you to enjoy! 

    Get a behind-the-scenes look into what it took to deliver world-class service in a moving restaurant. Recreate some of your favorites or try something new! 

    The Union Pacific Dining Car Cook Book and Service Instructions (replica edition) is available for purchase now!

  • Check out our new temporary exhibit!

    Law and Order on the Railroad:Learn about the evolution of railroad law enforcement from the beginning of the railroad until today!

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  • Join us for our free public events

    History Express FREE Tour: Saturdays starting at 1:30 p.m.

    Experience a standing tour that explores the overview history of 150 plus years of the railroad. No reservation needed. We will meet in front of the business car on the first floor.

  • 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.