John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site

John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site

Massachusetts

(617) 566-7937

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Overview

John Fitzgerald 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 Fitzgerald 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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Latitude, Longitude: 42.346936, -71.123241

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    On guided tours, National Park Service rangers lead small groups back in time through the principal rooms of the birthplace, where Mrs. Kennedy personally assembled and arranged a collection of household furnishings, photographs, and significant mementos. Highlights of the collection include the bed in which John F. Kennedy was born in his parents' second-floor room, the bassinette that cradled him during his first nights in the nursery, the silver porringer bearing his initials, and the piano on which he later took lessons. Guided tours last approximately 30 minutes and depart on the hour from 10 am and 3 pm. Guided tours are capped at nine individuals. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis. On self-guided tours, available Wednesday through Sunday, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., visitors can view the principal rooms of the house at their own pace, following an audio tour in which Mrs. Kennedy shares her personal reminiscences of family life at 83 Beals Street when "life was so much simpler."

    Visitors can also enjoy self-guided and ranger-led walking tours of the neighborhood where Rose and Joseph Kennedy began their life together and joined their early hopes and ambitions to the promise of the vibrant and growing community in Brookline's Coolidge Corner. For 10 years these neighborhood streets linked the daily life of Jack Kennedy to those of neighbors, friends and schoolmates. Walking tours guide the visitor through much of the Kennedy-era streetscape and in the footsteps of a young boy whose future course would lead to the White House. Brochures for the self-guided walking tour are available at the park's visitor center.

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 Transportation

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.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(617) 566-7937

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