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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    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!

  • Club Car Conversations

    RSVP for our next Club Car Conversation! On April 23rd at 5:30 p.m., our very own intern, Zach Rady, will be leading us through a discussion diving into Union Pacific's Commissary Department with a behind-the-scenes look into the UP Commissary Department building in Denver, CO during the mid-20th century. These images shine a light on how food was supplied and stored in the commissary building before being prepared for the high-quality meals that UP's dining service was known for. 

    Club Car Conversations are free to the public, just register to receive the Zoom link to join! 

    Register here! 

  • 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.