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National Willa Cather Center Hours & Directions

National Willa Cather Center Hours & Directions

Please follow the CDC's recommendations and wear a mask in our facility if unvaccinated.


425 North Webster Street
Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970 - USA
Telephone: 402-746-2653

Hours of Operation:

March 1 to October 31:
Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

November 1 to February 28:
Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Please note:

We highly recommend scheduling in advance for guided tour, prairie, or country tours. Please contact education coordinator Rachel Olsen, at or (402) 746-2653 to schedule. More information about the tours we can currently offer may be found here, on our Tours page.

Guided tours are scheduled Tuesday-Saturday at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. No advance reservations are required for the tours of the Willa Cather Childhood Home, but all tours begin at the National Willa Cather Center, 425 N. Webster Street. While independent guests are welcome to explore the grounds of our historic sites, our buildings are only open when accompanied by a staff member.


Area Airports and Travel Information

Area Airports and Travel Information
Area Airports and Travel Information

Red Cloud Municipal Airport—This is a city airport that can accommodate small private planes. A courtesy car is available for your convenience. For more information, call 402-746-3297.

Central Nebraska Regional Airport—Grand Island, Nebraska (70 miles north of Red Cloud)
The airport offers Budget and Thrifty car rental services. Take South Highway 281 and continue south until arriving in Red Cloud. 

Lincoln Municipal Aiport—Lincoln, Nebraska (145 miles northeast of Red Cloud)
The Lincoln airport offers Avis, Budget, Hertz, National, Alamo, and Enterprise rental car services. From Lincoln, take I-80 West to exit 312, which is US 281 South. Continue on South Highway 281 to Red Cloud. 

Eppley Airfield—Omaha, Nebraska (205 miles northeast of Red Cloud)
Eppley Airfield has Thrifty, Dollah, Hertz, Alamo, National, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, and Advantage for your renting convenience. To get to Red Cloud take I-80 West to Exit 312 onto South US 281; continue on South US 281 to Red Cloud.

Hays Regional Airport—Hays, Kansas (140 miles southwest of Red Cloud)
The airport offers Hertz and Enterprise rental car companies. Take TI-70 East to K 181 North, which becomes US 281 North until reaching Red Cloud. 

Manhattan Regional Airport—Manhattan, Kansas (160 miles southeast of Red Cloud)
Manhattan Regional Airport offers two rental car services: Enterprise and Hertz. Take US-24 West, then turn right and go north on K 181; this highway becomes US 281 North and will bring you to Red Cloud. 

Kansas City International Airport—Kansas City, Missouri (275 miles southeast of Red Cloud)
Kansas City International Airport offers several rental car options including: Ace, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National, Payless, and Thrifty. Take I-70 West to US- 24 West, to K 181 North, and continue north into Red Cloud.