National Willa Cather Center

425 North Webster Street
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Walk in her footsteps, stay in her town. Since 1955, the Willa Cather Foundation has promoted Willa Cather's legacy through education, preservation, and the arts. It also preserves and maintains historic sites, landscapes, and artifacts related to the author's family and writings. Opened in 2017, the National Willa Cather Center has a bookstore, exhibit, archives, and gallery. The Foundation maintains the Red Cloud Opera House and Willa Cather Memorial Prairie — 612 acres on the Nebraska-Kansas border — which preserves some of the original and untilled land of Cather’s childhood that inspired her writing. Daily guided tours of historic sites.
  • Tour several Cather historic sites
  • See our American Bittersweet exhibit
  • Shop our bookstore
  • Take a Country Tour of Cather-related sites
  • Hike the Cather Prairie—picnic, stargaze, catch a sunset
  • Experience an Opera House performance
  • Stay at the Cather Second Home
  • Attend our Spring Conference
  • Group & bus tours (advance notice)
Closed on major holidays.

Facility Amenities
  • Gift Shop
  • Tours Available
  • Event Coordinator on Site
  • Indoor Event Space
  • Largest Meeting Space (Sq Feet)
  • Stage
Group Amenities
  • Bus/Motorcoach Parking
  • Group Friendly
  • Group Rates Available
  • Group Reservation Required
  • Meeting Spaces
Parking Amenities
  • Bus / Motorcoach Parking
  • Free Parking
General Amenities
  • Family Friendly
  • ADA Compliant
  • Willa Cather Childhood Home Tour (adult): $10.00
  • Childhood Home Tour (K-12): $5.00
  • Guided Country Tour (adult): $50.00
  • Guided Country Tour (K-12): $20.00
  • All Children/All Tours (5 & under): $0.00
  • Guided Town Tour (K-12): $10.00
  • Guided Prairie Tour (adult): $20.00
  • Guided Prairie Tour (K-12): $10.00
  • Guided Town Tour (adult): $25.00
  • Tue: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wed: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thu: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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