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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.


Museum Information

General Admission is free

Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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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  • Public Access Temporarily Suspended

    Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 virus, in the best interest of our visitors and staff, the Union Pacific Museum will suspend public access starting March 14, 2020. All programs and tours have been cancelled until further notice. We are committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our visitors, volunteers and staff. We look forward to seeing you when the danger has passed.

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    FREE First Friday Night at the Museum Every Month

    Create, learn, and play! Until further notice, First Fridays will happen virtually on Facebook and on this web page. Check in for interesting histories, activities to do at home, and ideas to stave off cabin fever.

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    National Bison Day Community Conversation

    The Union Pacific Railroad Museum is recognizing National Bison Day with a community roundtable conversation Saturday, Nov. 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. This fast-paced, participatory conversation will challenge four community leaders and bison experts to answer the question: “Bison are important because…?” Visitors are welcome to attend, listen and take part in an examination and discussion on the role of buffalo or bison in North American and in the American West.

  • Small | Peter Boag: Challeging GEnder Stereotypes of the Old West

    “Stories of Subversion, Resistance, and Acceptance: Challenging Gender Stereotypes of the Classic Old West,” with Historian Peter Boag at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum

    The Union Pacific Railroad Museum is hosting a lecture by historian Peter Boag on Saturday, October 12 at 1 p.m. entitled, "Stories of Subversion, Resistance, and Acceptance: Challenging Gender Stereotypes of the Classic Old West."

  • Railroads in Native America Symposium

    Railroads in Native America: Reflections on the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Construction

    August 15, 2019

    Railroads in Native America is a three-day symposium bringing together scholars, artists, musicians, tribal members and representatives from tribal governments, in partnership with the National Park Service, the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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