Visiting Safely FAQ

We are delighted to welcome you back to the Museum! The well-being of our visitors and staff is our top priority, and we have adjusted our visitor experience to meet current health and safety guidelines.

The JFK Library will continue to monitor the coronavirus pandemic through local, state, and federal health departments as it determines when to open to the public full time. Follow us on social media or check back here for the latest updates about Museum hours and ticket availability.

How to Visit

Current Hours

Starting on July 3, 2021, the Museum will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission to the Museum will be free in July and August. In advance of the public reopening, the Museum will welcome Members on Saturdays and Sundays beginning June 19, 2021.

Timed entry tickets are available for entry times from 10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Timed entry ends at 12:45 p.m. to afford our visitors enough time to experience the Museum before the exhibits close promptly at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets

Tickets will be available beginning June 27, 2021. Timed entry tickets are required for admission and must be reserved online prior to arrival. You may reserve a maximum of six (6) tickets per visit.

Exhibits

The main exhibits, covering the life and presidency of John F. Kennedy, are open, except the Space exhibit, which is temporarily closed for renovation. Due to COVID social distancing guidelines, Museum theaters will be closed until further notice.

On-Site Services

The JFK Café will remain closed until further notice. 

The Library’s research room will remained closed, but researchers can continue to work with staff online by contacting archivists at kennedy.library@nara.gov.

The Museum offers free parking. See more on how to get here.

The Museum is wheelchair accessible and all videos shown throughout the Museum are open-captioned. See more on Museum accessibility.

Group Visits

Ticketing for groups of more than 6 is not currently available. As the Museum continues through its reopening phases, ticketing maximums will increase. Please email kennedy.groupvisits@nara.gov. See more on Group Visits.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

If you’re sick or not feeling well

For the safety of all visitors and staff, anyone who is sick or has any sign of a respiratory illness should stay home. Pending space availability, visitors are eligible to reschedule their visit. Please email kennedy.groupvisits@nara.gov to reschedule or call (617) 514-1589.

Face coverings

Non-vaccinated individuals are required to wear face coverings indoors. 

Fully vaccinated visitors are not required to wear a mask or other face covering. Fully vaccinated means it has been at least two weeks since receiving the last dose of vaccine. 

All visitors ages 2 and older who are not fully vaccinated, must wear a face covering or mask that covers both the nose and the mouth. 

Visitors must provide their own face coverings.

Entering the Museum

Visitors must check their temperature before arrival on the day of the timed ticket to confirm that they do not have a fever. If you are not feeling well, please stay home.

Please have your ticket(s) available (on your phone or printed) for entry and arrive no more than 10 minutes before the scheduled time on your ticket. We will do our best to honor your scheduled ticket time, however entry will be subject to building capacity. Late arrivals cannot be guaranteed entry into the museum. The museum lobby will not be available for waiting or congregating. Please ensure your entire party is together before entering the building.

Stay six feet apart

Practice social distancing during your visit by staying at least 6 feet from anyone not in your group. Groups of no more than 6 will be able to social distance together. Children must stay with adults at all times. Failure to follow social distancing procedures and mandatory face covering policy will result in removal from the Museum.

Enhanced cleaning measures

The Museum is conducting enhanced cleanings of the museum and high-touch areas. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the Museum.

Contact tracing

The Museum may share your name and email address with a governmental health authority should that information be requested for a COVID-19-related reason. If a visitor reports that they were diagnosed with COVID-19 after visiting the Museum near your visit, the Museum will use your contact information to notify you. If you do not want your name or email address used for these purposes, please email us at kennedy.groupvisits@nara.gov. The Museum will not disclose your email address for any other purpose without your permission.

To enhance the safety and wellbeing of our community, we ask that anyone testing positive for (or expressing symptoms of) COVID-19 within 5 days of their visit notify the Museum by email at kennedy.groupvisits@nara.gov. Other visitors will be notified of potential exposure, but the identity of the person testing positive will not be shared.

Safety guidelines

While we have implemented enhanced health and safety measures, we cannot guarantee that any visitor will not contract COVID-19 during their visit. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place at this time. Museum visitors voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure.

Visitors agree to abide by the guidelines on the Museum’s website and by all instructions posted in the Museum or provided by staff during the visit. If a visitor or a member of their party fails to follow the Museum’s guidelines and instructions, they may be denied entry or required to leave the premises.

Each of us plays a role in a successful and safe reopening. Thank you for your patience and commitment to honoring our new safety protocols.

Update June 9, 2021