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    John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

Things To Do

The town of Brookline placed this bronze, bas-relief plaque in the front yard of 83 Beals Street in 1961 to recognize the birthplace of the newly elected president.  Below a portrait of Kennedy, the text reads: “Birthplace of John F. Kennedy  35th President of the United States  Born May 29, 1917 on this site  83 Beals St., Brookline, Mass”

The John F. Kennedy National Historic Site is CLOSED for the winter season and will reopen May 22, 2014. During the winter, guided tours are offered by appointment; click here for details. The programs described below are offered May-October; please check these pages in April for 2014 schedules.



When the Kennedy family donated the house at 83 Beals to the National Park Service as a "gift to the American people, "the president's mother hoped that future generations would be able to visit and "get a better appreciation of the history of this wonderful country." Today visitors can experience Mrs. Kennedy's recreation of these early years through a variety of experiences.


From Beals Street to the White House
Join a ranger and learn about the early years of John F. Kennedy. During a free, 30 minute tour, you'll see the room where he was born, learn how Mrs. Kennedy managed a large family, discover John F. Kennedy's favorite childhood books and explore the influences that shaped him as child. Click here for a complete tour schedule.

In Jack's Footsteps
During this 45-minute tour, follow in Jack's footsteps, taking the same path as the future president, known then as Jack, did on his way to the Edward Devotion School or to Coolidge Corner to spend his allowance. Jack's trips in the neighborhood took many different routes; click here for a full list of neighborhood tours and times.

The Enduring Qualities: the Origins of the Kennedy Family in Boston
Discover the origins of the Fitzgerald and Kennedy families in this 90 minute tour of Boston's North End. You'll see Rose Kennedy's birthplace, learn about the experience of Irish immigrants during the Great Famine in Ireland and how the city continues to celebrate the contributions of both the Fitzgerald and Kennedy families. Click here for tour times and meeting location.

Did You Know?

Mary Kennedy - John F. Kennedy's Grandmother

While many American women-including Jack Kennedy’s grandmother, Mary Kennedy-supported woman’s suffrage, the US Constitution didn’t extend the vote to women until 1920. Years later, in 1963, Jack signed a Civil Rights Bill to guarantee every American’s right to participate fully in civic life.