First Steps to the White House

As a boy, JFK’s parents never expected he would grow up to be president. Yet in his birthplace home he learned values that inspired a life in public service. His mother, Rose Kennedy, recreated her family’s first home to share her memories of those early years with visitors. We commemorate not only his early life, but the ideas and principles he left behind.

The front of 83 Beals St. The house is dappled with shadows from the trees.

Take a Virtual Tour

Take a Virtual Tour of 83 Beals Street, the birthplace of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

A cat sits in front of a television with John F. Kennedy's image displayed. Black and White.

Watch our Site Film

Learn about President Kennedy and the site through our film.

A uniformed Park Ranger performs a Junior Ranger swearing-in ceremony in front of the JFK Birthplace

Participate in our Junior Ranger Program

A free, fun, and educational activity for youth that can be completed virtually.

Orange Passport Cancellation Stamp, dated 2020.

Virtual Passport Stamp

Have you visited the site, listened to an audio tour, or watched the site film? Download our virtual stamp for 2020!

President Kennedy talks on the phone in the oval office, standing behind his desk.


Questions about JFK, his birthplace, and the Kennedys in Brookline? Ask a Ranger.

Last updated: September 10, 2020

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83 Beals Street
Brookline, MA 02446


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