RailsWest Railroad Museum

Council Bluffs, IA

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Address: 1512 S Main St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503, USA Number: 712-323-5182 Website Contact How do we get there?

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All aboard kids, we're off to learn all about the rich railroad history of Southwest Iowa at the RailsWest Railroad Museum!

What began life as the Chicago Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Passenger Depot back in 1899, today operates as a museum and model railroad display, where the whole family can visit and learn about the construction of the transcontinental railroad, and the major role it played in the development of the region!

Grab those conductor hats, because this is a rail adventure through history in Iowa! Kids can learn about the beginnings of the railroad, and how the last train pulled out of the depot in 1970.

You can really feel part of history throughout the museum, located in the former waiting rooms. Did you know that there was a separate waiting room for women and one for men?

There are plenty of railroad artifacts to see, and exhibits to explore, and you can even check out the former ticket office too.

The displays feature a host of historic items and information, with displays of dining car silverware, porters' uniforms, a telegraph office and even ticket stubs - it's fun to use those imaginations and think who were those people that used those tickets, and where were they going?

Also at the RailsWest Railroad Museum you can explore the rise and fall of the railroads and so much more on this day of discovery fun for the whole family.

Choo choo - the train for learning, discovery and locomotive fun is about to depart for the RailsWest Railroad Museum - let's GO!

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How much does it cost?






$5 (Ages 6 to 12)



$6 Seniors and AAA Members


Free Under

5 years


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Any top tips?


They sometimes shut for private events so check online before you visit

What people are saying?

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Where is it at?

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They happily take group tours, just call and arrange in advance! They have a number of lesson plans which are age appropriate, and great for learning (they can even operate a real model train!)

Can I get one of those?


There is a gift shop filled with railroad related gifts and souvenirs, so bring that pocket money along!

Need a little extra help?


Give them a call to ask about the accessibility, they will happily answer any questions!

Click here for lots more great things to do near you in Iowa

When can we go?


11am - 3pm Friday & Saturday, 1pm - 4pm Sunday

Opens for the season mid-April.

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