John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site | PARK AT A GLANCE

Kennedy home on Beals Street in Brookline, Massachusetts

Kennedy home on Beals Street in Brookline, Massachusetts

John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site is closed until the spring of 2021 due to renovation of the visitor center, which is on the lower level of the house. All information on this page pertains operation prior to the renovation, so use it for reference only. I doubt much will change, but the information will be updated when the house reopens.
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PARK OVERVIEW

John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site preserves the Kennedy Family’s Beals Street house in Brookline, Massachusetts. It is here that the 35th president of the United States was born in 1917 and lived until he was three years old. When John was assassinated in 1963, the house had been out of the family for over forty years. However, in 1965 the Kennedys were able to repurchase it from the current owner. Rose Kennedy (John’s mother) hired decorator Robert Luddington, and together they created a memorial to John and furnished the house as it was in 1917 (to the best of Rose’s memory). The renovation took three years, and when done, the house was donated to the National Park Service. It opened to the public in 1969.

The Beals Street house is open for Ranger- and self-guided tours from mid-May until the end of October on Wednesdays through Sundays. There is street parking available (two-hour time limit), or you can take public transportation. The Coolidge Corner Station trolley stop is just a half mile from the house.

Visitors can also take a 1.6-mile walking tour of the Brookline neighborhood to see the house on Abbottsford Road that the Kennedys moved into after the Beals Street house became too small, as well as the school and church that John attended as a young boy. Park Rangers also lead a daily tour to the Abbottsford house, and only to the house, so you must walk the rest of the neighborhood tour on your own. (The Abbottsford house in now privately owned and not open to the public.)


OPERATING HOURS

  • Mid-May through the end of October
  • Wednesday – Sunday
  • 9:30 AM to 5 PM

While the park is closed the rest of the year, you can still schedule a tour of the Kennedy House on weekdays by calling (617) 566-7937 at least two weeks in advance. Tours are subject to staff availability.

Times can always change, so before making travel plans be sure to get the latest schedule on the National Park Service’s official Operating Hours and Seasons web page for the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site.


FEES

There is no charge to visit the park or tour the Kennedy house.


SCHEDULING YOUR TIME

Kennedy’s Beals Street House Tour
allow 1 hour

Neighborhood Walking Tour
allow 1 hour

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Last updated on June 5, 2020
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