Union Pacific Railroad Museum, Council Bluffs

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Union Pacific Railroad Museum is housed in a historic Carnegie Library building in Council Bluffs, Iowa. At the museum, you'll discover an extensive compilation of artifacts, photographs, documents and equipment from one of our nation's most ambitious endeavors - constructing the transcontinental railroad. The museum also strives to promote a sense of contentedness among generations of people whose histories have been touched by Union Pacific Railroad.


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  • Very interesting on the history of the train! Great for kids -has hands on for the kiddo's -as well as adults! And Its FREE!  more »
  • A fabulous museum. Much more impressive than I expected. Very well done with just the right amount of hands on learning and historical facts. Highlights the importance of the railroad to settling...  more »
  • Touch history here. Eastern beginning of the great transcontinental train project. Ramp and stairs access. Enter beneath the stone stairs to old library main doors. Good elevator serves three floors. Building built by Carnegie and his special glass to permit outside light to shine in.
  • The Union Pacific Railroad Museum has a little bit of something for almost every taste; there's lots of memorabilia for fans of train trivia, interactive exhibits for children, and a wealth of educational and interesting info on luxury trains from history.The museum has 2 floors (with an elevator for those who need to or choose to skip the stairs). Visitors can watch videos and read plaques and displays which provide information about the history of railroading in America. I found this museum a very informative and interesting place to visit and would recommend it highly to anyone who loves trains and/or wants to learn more about them :-)
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