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National Willa Cather Center Hours & Directions

National Willa Cather Center Hours & Directions

At this time, the National Willa Cather Center's historic sites remain closed as we plan for a phased re-opening. Please continue to consult our COVID-19 page for the most up-to-date visitor information.


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

Hours of Operation:

During our phased re-opening, the National Willa Cather Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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.

No advance reservation is necessary for tours of the Willa Cather Childhood Home. A guided tour will take place Tuesday-Saturday at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. 


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.