It is with deep regret that we announce that the Mayhew Cabin Museum site is closed due to severe damage to the museum site and structures caused by the City of Nebraska City. I encourage you to click here or on the Flooding Information tab above and read about what has transpired. Once you have done that, I further encourage you to contact me with ideas or offers of assistance by emailing Cathleen at and/or contact the City of Nebraska and demand mitigation and reparations to the Mayhew Cabin museum site so that we can re-open this unique and important historic site! Your support and assistance are valuable and appreciated!

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Experience HistoryNational Underground Railroad Network to Freedom

The Mayhew Cabin with John Brown's Cave Museum in Nebraska City interprets the history of the Underground Railroad in Nebraska.  The Mayhew Cabin was the first site in Nebraska to be recognized by the National Park Service's Network to Freedom. Visit the museum and experience an integral part of the country's history!

Location & Hours of Operation (Upon reopening of the site!)

The Mayhew Cabin Museum is located at 2012 4th Corso in historic Nebraska City, Nebraska. The museum's open season begins on Arbor Day (the last Friday in April) and ends on October 27, 2019.  Museum hours are from noon to 5:00 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays.  In addition, the museum is open for the summer holidays including Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day from noon to 5:00 p.m. Appointments are also available by calling (402) 873-3115 at least 48 hours in advance (even during the offseason). Admission is only $3 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under.

Field Trips (Upon reopening of the site!)

The Mayhew Cabin is an excellent and affordable field trip destination for your school or group. A visit to the museum includes an orientation video, viewing the museum, cabin, and historic village with an optional guided tour explaining the Mayhew Family's connection to the Underground Railroad. Group rates are $1 for students (K-12) and $2 for adults. An additional fee for a guided tour is $10 per group. A visit to the museum expands your horizons, supports our work, and preserves this important history.

Network to Freedom:  Nebraska's Underground Railroad Trail

A self-directed driving tour was developed for Nebraska's Network to Freedom sites.  You can view or download the Network to Freedom Underground Railroad Trail brochure and map by clicking on the following link.

Network to Freedom Trail