2022 OMA Winner: Union Pacific Railroad Museum

Congratulations to the Union Pacific Railroad Museum for winning the 2022 Omaha Metropolitan Area Tourism Award for the best attraction in Pottawattamie County!

The Union Pacific Railroad Museum is located in downtown Council Bluffs, in the beautiful and unique Beaux-Arts style building that formerly housed the Council Bluffs Carnegie Free Public Library. The Museum was formally opened on May 10, 2003, the one hundred thirty-fourth anniversary of completing the transcontinental railroad.

The Museum features three permanent galleries; America Travels by Rail, The Lincoln Collection, and Building America.

America Travels by Rail brings to life the travel and destinations Americans have enjoyed from the 1930s until passenger service transferred to Amtrak in 1971. The Lincoln Collection memorializes and celebrates the life of President Abraham Lincoln, who – upon signing the Pacific Railway Act – became Union Pacific’s founding father, connecting and uniting the nation. Building America shares the experiences of building the Transcontinental Railroad through immersive design and cutting-edge technology.

The Union Pacific Railroad Museum also features traveling exhibits and hosts exciting and engaging events for railroad fans of all ages.

Admission to the Museum is free, and donations are greatly appreciated. Visit their website to learn more and reserve a time for your visit!

This post was originally published on April 28, 2022 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.