Hours and Admission


The Museum is open 7 days a week.

Regular admission will end at 3:30 p.m. to give visitors enough time to experience the Museum. Exhibits will close promptly at 5:00 p.m.

We close at 2:30 p.m. on:

  • Day before Thanksgiving (November 27, 2024)
  • Christmas Eve (December 24)
  • New Year's Eve (December 31)

Regular admission will end at 1:00 p.m. to give visitors enough time to experience the Museum.

We are closed on these holidays:

  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

Tickets may be purchased on site or in advance online. Cancellations will receive a full refund within a few business days.


Seniors 62+$12
College Students with ID$12
Youth/Teens 13-17  $10
US Armed Forces Veterans$4 off Adult or Senior Admission


Discounts and Special Offers:

  • Massachusetts college and university students receive $6 admission with valid student ID.
  • The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is a proud partner with public libraries across New England. Check with your local library to see if they participate in our Museum Pass Program which allows individuals to visit the Museum for $3.

Facility Information

  • Photography is encouraged within the Museum, unless otherwise noted on the exhibit wall text. Flash, tripods, selfie-sticks and drones are not permitted.
  • Lost belongings are handled by our Safety and Security Office. Please call 617.514.1555 to inquire after your missing possessions.

Please be Prepared for Security

To make your experience safe and enjoyable, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum takes the safety and security of all guests, staff, and visitors seriously. The Kennedy Library is a U.S. Federal facility administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). To protect its holdings, staff, and buildings, NARA facilities abide by the following measures within Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR § 1280:

  • Upon entry, all visitors must pass through a security check with a metal detector. 
  • All weapons, including guns, knife blades exceeding 2.5" in length, multipurpose tools, and stun-guns, will be confiscated and not returned.
  • Large bags and backpacks are not permitted and should be stored in your vehicle. Only one purse or diaper bag is allowed per person, and bags cannot be larger than 17 × 26 inches (43 × 66 centimeters) in size.
  • All bags will be searched by Security Officers upon entry.
  • If requested, all persons entering must provide valid photographic identification.

Visitors should also be aware that:

  • Electronic and physical surveillance is used in the building.
  • Security is on-site 24 hours a day.

What Other Visitors Have Said

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is an iconic attraction in Boston, guaranteed to be a highlight of your trip. Visitors from across the globe have praised the Museum for its representation of JFK’s remarkable life and presidency. Read what others have said about their visit on TripAdvisor.