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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Black-and-white photo of Joe Jr. and JFK as young boys with Kathleen next to them.
Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., John F. Kennedy (center), and Kathleen Kennedy stand outside the Kennedy family home on Naples Road in Brookline, Massachusetts, 1922. KFC212N.

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 reopen on June 1, 2024.

From June 1 through October 30, we will be open Thursdays through Sundays, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We will be closed Mondays - Wednesdays. Our schedule is as follows:

*Please note that self-guided tour options are only available from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM.*
*For groups of five or more people, please contact us to make a reservation in advance.*
*Please note that tours are subject to change based on staff availability and inclement weather.*
*We encourage you to always check our
Alerts page before planning your visit.*

Visitor Center Hours: Thursdays - Sundays, 10:00 AM - 5 PM

Staff-led House Tours:
Daily, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM & 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
On the hour and half-hour
30 minutes in length
Free of charge
Space is limited – see staff at the visitor center desk for tickets.

Staff-led Neighborhood Tours:
Daily, 2:15 PM
45 minutes in length
Free of charge
Tour begins in the front yard

Open House – Self-Guided House Tours:
Daily, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Open house format: tour at your own pace
Free of charge
Ranger-led Cell Phone House Tour available by OnCell
House Tour recorded by Mrs. Rose Kennedy (20-minute duration)

Free audio wands available in:
• English
• Japanese –日本語
• Spanish – Español
• German – Deutsch
• French – Français

Written tour materials available in:
• English
• French – Français
• German – Deutsch
• Hebrew – עברית
• Hungarian – Magyar Nyelv
• Italian – Italiano
• Japanese –日本語
• Korean – 한국어
• Mandarin Chinese – 官话
• Polish – Język Polski
• Portuguese – Português
• Russian – Русский
• Spanish – Español
• Vietnamese – ngôn ngữ tiếng Việt

Staff-led "Origins Tour" of Downtown Boston and the North End:
Wednesdays, 10:15 AM
90 minutes in length
Free of charge
Tour begins at the Sam Adams Statue outside of Faneuil Hall

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: May 16, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

83 Beals Street
Brookline, MA 02446


617 566-7937

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