John F Kennedy National Historic Site

Overview

John F. Kennedy National Historic Site preserves the birthplace in 1917 and boyhood home of the 35th President of the United States. The modest frame house in suburban Boston was also the first home shared by the president's father and mother, Joseph P. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, and represents the social and political beginnings of one of the world's most prominent families. Shortly after President Kennedy's assassination in 1963, his family repurchased the birthplace and restored it as a memorial to him under the close supervision of Rose Kennedy. The John F. Kennedy National Historic Site was established in 1969 following the family's donation of the home to the National Park Service. Park Rangers present guided tours of the birthplace, as well as the nearby neighborhood including homes, schools, and church associated with the Kennedy family.

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Activities

Seasonality / Weather

While the grounds are accessible year-round, the house is open to the public seasonally.

Between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, the house is only shown by guided tour. Guided tours are approximately 30 minutes in length and depart on the hour. The last guided tour of the day departs at 3:00 pm. Each guided tour is capped at nine individuals. Tour tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Occasionally, select regularly scheduled tours might be impacted by educational group visits. From 3:30 to 4:30 pm visitors may enjoy the house via self-guided tours narrated by the President's mother, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. Translations of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy's narrative are available in French, Spanish, German, and Japanese. Consider arriving by 4:00 pm in order to have enough time to see and enjoy the house. Self-guided and ranger-led walking tours of the neighborhood are also available. Please check the calendar of events for a complete listing of rannger-led walking tours.

Directions

Driving: 

From points east and west: Follow I-90/ Massachusetts Turnpike and take exit 18 Allston/Brighton (eastbound), OR exit 20 Brighton/Cambridge (westbound), use the Allston/Brighton exit ramp, merge onto Cambridge Street, and proceed approximately one mile. At the fourth traffic light, turn left onto Harvard Street and proceed for about one mile. Turn left onto Beals Street and continue to the site at #83.

From points north and south: Take I-95 to exit 20 and follow Route 9E/Boylston Street for approximately five miles. Turn right onto Walnut Street and then immediately right onto Harvard Street. Proceed along Harvard Street for one mile, turn right onto Beals Street, and continue to the site at #83.

Flying: 

Logan International, Hanscom, Worcester, T.F. Green (Warwick,RI) and Manchester (NH) airports service the greater Boston area

Public Transport: 

The MBTA offers subway/trolley service to Brookline along two routes of the Green Line. Take the"C" Cleveland Circle trolley to Coolidge Corner; walk four blocks north along Harvard Street, turn right onto Beals Street, and continue to #83. Or, take the"B" Boston College trolley to Babcock Street; walk four blocks south along Babcock Street, turn right onto Manchester Street, turn left onto Stedman Street, take the right fork onto Beals Street and continue to the site at #83. The MBTA also offers bus service to Brookline. MBTA route 66 travels from Harvard Square to Coolidge Corner, stopping just one block from John Fitzgerald Kennedy NHS at the corner of Williams and Harvard Streets.