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Union Pacific Railroad Museum Re-Opens May 12

First Museum Exhibit to Use Kinect Full-body Gaming Technology

Council Bluffs, Iowa, May 11, 2012 – The Union Pacific Railroad Museum will once again open its doors on May 12.  The museum was closed for a month while the first floor was transformed into a new exhibit, "Building America," which is dedicated to sharing the history of the Transcontinental Railroad.

Through immersive design and innovative technology, visitors will be transported to the 1860s as they learn about frontier life, the monumental work needed for constructing the railroad and the communities that were created along its route.

The Union Pacific Railroad Museum is the first museum to use the recently released X-Box full-body gaming technology to create an authentic experience for visitors. In addition, more than 200 of its most precious artifacts are on display, including a 55-piece firearm collection and 60 railroad lanterns.

To learn more about the installation process and for sneak peeks of the new exhibit, "Like" the Museum on Facebook,, or follow on Twitter, @uprrmuseum. 

Union Pacific Railroad provided funding for this renovation, with assistance from the Iowa West Foundation, The Friends of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum and the City of Council Bluffs.

The Union Pacific Railroad Museum, located at 200 Pearl St. Council Bluffs, Iowa, is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.  Admission is free.  Please visit or call 712-329-8307 for further information.

About the Union Pacific Railroad Museum

Visitors to the Union Pacific Railroad Museum journey through more than 150 years of American history while viewing one of the oldest corporate collections in the nation. The Museum is housed in a historic Carnegie Library building in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where visitors will discover an extensive compilation of artifacts, photographs, documents and equipment from some of our nation's most ambitious endeavors - constructing the transcontinental railroad and settling the West, simultaneously chronicled in museum exhibits. Among the most popular museum exhibits are the transcontinental railroad's construction; "America Travels by Rail," which celebrates the height of passenger travel; the Lincoln Collection, featuring artifacts from President Abraham Lincoln's rail car and funeral; and the technology and innovation that sustain Union Pacific as a railroad industry leader. The Union Pacific Railroad Museum also promotes a sense of connectedness shared by generations of people whose personal and family histories have been touched by the railroad.

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