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.

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

Visitor Reviews

"Great place to go on a winter's day. Very educational!"

"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 Union Pacific Museum is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. To better maintain accessibility for our most at-risk visitors and their families, masks are required from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Masks are recommended but not required from 12:00-6:00 p.m. unless community COVID-19 levels increase.

    As always, if you are feeling unwell, please wait to visit.

    The museum is housed in a historic Carnegie Library building in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where visitors can explore an extensive compilation of artifacts, photographs, documents, and equipment from more than 150 years of our nation's western history witnessed by the railroad. 

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    Railroads In Native America Gathering

    May 19-21, 2022
    Ogden Union Station
    2501 Wall Ave, Ogden, Utah

    Learn more here

  • Share Your Story

    Are you, someone you know, or someone in your family’s history a Latino railroad worker? We’d love to hear from you!

    We are working on an oral history project with the UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies - OLLAS to collect, bring to light and celebrate the important contributions of Latino railroad workers.

    Interviews are done online via Zoom or in person. Participants will get a $50 Visa gift card.

    If you are not interested in being interviewed, but still want to help, we are seeking documents, pictures and materials related to this topic as well.

    Questions? Email cdona@unomaha.edu.
    If you’re ready to dive in, sign up to participate

    Download the flyer in English or Spanish


    Estamos buscando personas que quisieran participar en un proyecto de historia oral sobre las experiencias de los trabajadores ferroviarios latinos en el medio oeste.

    Este proyecto es una colaboración entre el Museo de Ferrocarriles de Union Pacific y la Oficina de Estudios Latinos/Latinoamericanos (OLLAS) de la Univesidad de Nebraska en Omaha.

    Los participantes recibirán una tarjeta de regalo Visa por $50 como agradecimiento por su tiempo.

    Las entrevistas se pueden hacer en línea a través de Zoom o en persona.

    ¿Preguntas? Manda correo a cdona@unomaha.edu

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  • Public Events

    Register to attend these virtual and in-person events

    Tuesday, June 14: Club Car Conversation National Parks by Rail

    Union Pacific has a long history with the National Parks Service. In honor of the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park, join us as we look back at decades of Union Pacific photography and parks-centric marketing materials. We'll discuss the role the railroads played in the development and promotion of national parks.

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    FREE First Friday Night at the Museum Every Month


    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, First Friday Night at the Museum is suspended until it is once again safe to gather in person.