Visit the Union Pacific Museum

General Information

Hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10am-6pm
Admission: Free
Masks: Required 10am-12pm; Encouraged but not required 12pm-6pm
 
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Accessibility

  • All of the museum is wheelchair accessible
  • 2 handicap parking spots in staff lot on south side of building, Metered parking directly in front of building
  • Stairs and ramp at entrance
  • 2 wheelchairs available at entrance at no cost
  • Stairs and elevator inside (lower level, first floor, second floor)

When You Arrive

The museum is located at

200 Pearl Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

We are housed in the historic Council Bluffs Carnegie Library building which was built in 1904.

All parking around the museum is metered street parking. Meters cost $0.50 per hour from 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday. Meters are free on Saturdays and Sundays. Meters can be paid with quarters, dimes, or nickels. They can also be paid online or by using the Passport Parking app or the Park Omaha app

Enter the building on the lower level, right below the grand staircase. You can take the short staircase (7 steps) or the wheelchair accessible ramp.

To best maintain accessibility for our most at-risk visitors and their families, masks are required from 10am to 12pm. We recommend you put your masks on before you enter, but in case you need them, we have disposable surgical masks for both adults and children available for free.

On the lower level where you have entered you will find the museum gift shop and the only bathrooms in the building. You will also find a staircase and the elevator that will take you to the exhibits on the first and second levels.

On the first level, you will find the Lincoln Collection and the Building America exhibit which chronicles the history of the transcontinental railroad and railroad operations during the 19th century.

On the second level, you will find the America Travels by Rail and Working on the Railroad exhibits. America Travels by Rail covers the golden age of American passenger travel in the early-mid 20th century. Working on the Railroad explores the modern railroad and features our popular train simulator.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to book a "Group Self-Guide?"
If you are visiting alone, with your family, or with some friends, you can just walk in. If you are visiting with a formal organization, for example, a club, school, care facility, or scout group, please book through "Group Self Guide." The cost is free to self guide, but we will reserve parking for buses and vans and ensure you have a smooth visit.

I have historic objects or archives I want to donate to the museum, can I just drop them off?
No, please call (402-501-3841) or email first. Only the UP curator is authorized to accept artifacts into the Union Pacific collection and she is not always available during open hours. Please read over this info sheet about donating to the UP collection for more information.

Where should I park if I have an RV?
You are welcome to use metered parking. It's $0.50 an hour on weekdays and free on weekends. There are also several non-metered parking lots a few blocks away from the museum. Meters can be paid with quarters, dimes, or nickels. They can also be paid online or by using the Passport Parking app or the Park Omaha app

Do I still have to wear a mask?
If you are visiting between 10am and 12pm, masks are required to best maintain accessibility for our most at-risk visitors and their families. From 12pm-6pm, masks are strongly recommended. If you forget your mask, you can pick one up for free at the entrance.

Any questions or concerns not answered here? Give us a call at 712-329-8307 or send us an email

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