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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 

The museum is open:

 Friday and Saturday from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. You must register online before you visit.

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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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  • Reserve Your Visit to the Union Pacific Museum

    The Union Pacific Museum is now open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. It's still free to visit, but you must register online at least 1 hour before your visit and wear a face mask in the building. 

    To visit the Union Pacific Museum, you will need to:  

    • Come in groups of 10 or less
    • Due to high local transmission of COVID-19, we require that everyone over the age of 2 wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times while in the museum, in accordance with CDC recommendations.
    • Come to the north side museum entrance, which is on the lowest level, at your appointed time.
    • Follow all posted directional signage and information 

    If you are feeling unwell, please wait to visit! We encourage everyone to please get vaccinated before traveling or visiting.

  • Public Museum Events

    Register to attend these free virtual and in-person events

  • Small | Railroads in Native America UPRRM

    Railroads In Native America Gathering

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

    Learn more here

  • Small | Union Pacific Museum at Night

    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.