Union Pacific once housed a museum in its Omaha headquarters building. The museum featured documents relating to the First Transcontinental Railroad signed by President Lincoln, an original silver service that came from a Pullman car built for Lincoln that served as his funeral car, and plenty of other mementos of the railroad and the early history of the West.
In 2003, Union Pacific moved the museum across the river from Omaha to the former Carnegie library in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The railroad leases the building and pays the building’s operating costs, while the non-profit Union Pacific Museum Association staffs the museum with volunteers and raises money to build and maintain the exhibits. The museum also houses the railroad’s archives, which are not open to the public.