JFK Library to End Capacity Limits and Begin Final Reopening Phases on March 31

March 24, 2022
Media Contact:
Matt Porter 

JFK Presidential Library and Museum to End Capacity Limits and Begin Final Reopening Phases on March 31
The Museum and Research Room will reopen with new hours

BOSTON – The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will begin its final phases towards a full reopening beginning on March 31, 2022. The decision is being made due to the drop in COVID-19 case numbers and the percentage of vaccinated people in the region.

The Museum occupancy limits for visitors and staff will be increased on March 31, 2022. The Museum will expand its hours and operation to Thursdays through Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will be open to walk-in visitors. The Museum will still be limiting the number of visitors at any one time. The Library strongly encourages guests to use the online ticketing reservation system and purchase tickets in advance.

The research room will reopen to researchers beginning at 50 percent capacity (up to six researchers per day) on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning on April 5. The research room hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and advance appointments will be required. For more information on scheduling an appointment and other related research room questions, please contact kennedy.library@nara.gov. On-site public and educational programs will begin being scheduled after April 5.

“Our decision to reopen is in alignment with federal and local public health policies,” said Library Director Alan Price. “We are pleased that conditions have improved significantly in the Boston area and the expanded availability of the COVID vaccine has finally allowed us to return to more normal operations.”

As of March 31, masking will be voluntary and six feet social distancing will still be required. Depending on local health conditions, the Library and Museum will reserve the right to require masking in the facility at any time and may set capacity limits for public and educational programs.

The Museum has been open to the public on a limited basis on weekends since July 2021. The Library and Museum hours will continue to be expanded throughout the year as long as COVID-19 case numbers continue to remain low.

The JFK Library will continue to monitor state and local health data and work with health officials and the National Archives in Washington, DC. in case any updates to the COVID-19 safety guidelines need to be made.

About the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is one of 15 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration and supported, in part, by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, a non-profit organization.

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