Highlights Tours

Travel back in time to the early 1960s for an engaging, interactive look at one of the most important times in American history. Family-friendly docent-led Highlights Tours of the Museum's exhibits are free with admission. The items you'll explore include footage from the first televised debate, the rocking chair President Kennedy used in the Oval Office, hand-painted closet doors from Mrs. Kennedy's dressing room, doodles from Cuban Missile Crisis meetings, and a piece of the Berlin Wall.

Tour info:

Tours are free of charge with Museum admission. They are offered daily beginning in the lobby- check lobby signs or call Admissions at 617-514-1600 for times. Tours subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur.

Ernest Hemingway at Work

To complement our Ernest Hemingway - Between Two Wars exhibit, Ernest Hemingway at Work is a 30-minute interactive gallery talk which explores the historical and life events behind three of Hemingway's novels: The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Meet Hemingway's first love in a hospital in Milan, follow his process to transform life in Paris into fiction, and travel behind the front lines of the Spanish Civil War. This program is geared toward adult audiences.

Talk info:

The program is free of charge with Museum admission. Check lobby signs for times or call Admissions at 617-514-1600. Programs subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur. 

Hands-on Cart Programs

Stranded at Sea: The PT-109 Story

Stranded at Sea is a 25-minute hands-on experience for visitors of all ages. Come hear the story of John F. Kennedy's patrol torpedo boat collision with a Japanese destroyer during World War II, and the crew's six-day struggle for survival. Read Kennedy's letters home describing Navy life, follow the path of the collision and rescue, and see the real coconut message that helped save the crew of PT-109.

The Race for Space

The Race for Space Discovery Cart is a drop-in hands-on experience for visitors of all ages. Come explore the first manned American space capsule on display in the Space Exhibit, and follow Astronaut Alan Shepard from takeoff to splashdown. Perform important space duties such as steering the capsule, looking through a periscope and reporting your findings to mission control.

Cart Programs info:

The program is free of charge with Museum admission. Check lobby signs for times and location or call Admissions at 617-514-1600. Programs subject to docent availability; last-minute cancellations may occur.