Plan Your Visit

Boyhood in Brookline

Visitors from all around the United States and the world travel to John F. Kennedy's birthplace in Brookline each year to explore his childhood home as his mother recreated it in the late 1960s. Visitors travel back in time to 1917 to discover the values and expectations that shaped JFK's character. This "Plan You Visit" section will help you make the most of your visit. The site is open seasonally. Be sure to check our operating hours and seasons before you come. You can also learn about things to do and directions to help plan your visit. Need more information? Inquire about brochures or check our Frequently Asked Questions. Below you will find brief information and links on popular topics.

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John F. Kennedy (wearing a winter hat) skis on the snow-covered slopes.
John F. Kennedy skis on the snow-covered slopes in Poland Spring, Maine, 1923.

Copyright © John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Kennedy Family Collection. Courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Site is Currently Closed

The site is seasonally closed and will tentatively reopen in early June 2024.

During the offseason, tours can be arranged by appointment only, Monday-Friday, with at least two weeks advance notice and are dependent on staff availability. Weekend tour times are not available. For a listing of already known blackout dates, please check the alerts section of our website. Tours are thirty-minutes long and free-of-charge.

If you would like to schedule a tour in the off-season, please email us, letting us know the date of your intended visit, your preference for a morning or afternoon time, the number of people in your group, and your contact information. A member of our staff will then contact you to arrange the visit.

***Beginning Tuesday, February 13, the nursery on the second floor of the house will be undergoing restoration work. This work will be ongoing. Until it is complete, there will be limited or no access to the second floor for reserved off season tours.***
***Please know that for the safety of our visitors and staff, tours during the winter season may be postponed or cancelled due to inclement weather.***

Parking and Public Transportation

The John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site is located in a residential neighborhood. Free, two-hour parking is available on Beals Street. Please note that no vehicle may idle while parked in the residential area. The site is also easily accessible by public transit or check out our detailed directions by car or transit.


John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site is happy to make accommodations to visitors with accessibility needs. Our newly renovated visitor center is fully accessible. Learn more via our staff-authored article here. Please visit our accessibility page, and then contact us before your visit to discuss how your needs may be accommodated.

High school interns serve cookies
Stewards of the Future celebrate Rose Kennedy's birthday


Last updated: February 9, 2024

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Mailing Address:

83 Beals Street
Brookline, MA 02446


617 566-7937

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