Visiting FAQ

How to Visit


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 fully. Exhibits will close promptly at 5:00 p.m.


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

On-Site Services

The JFK Café is open 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Archives’ main research room is open for textual and photographic research on Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment only. Learn more.

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

Group rates are available for groups of 12 or more. Please email See more on Group Visits.

Security and Safety

Does the Library have a bag check?

Due to security concerns, the Kennedy Library only allows one purse or diaper bag, and it cannot be larger than 17 × 26 inches (43 × 66 centimeters) in size and will be searched by Security Officers upon entry. Additionally, any suitcases and backpacks are not permitted and should be stored in your vehicle or left at your hotel.

Does the Library have a coat room?

Yes. There is a self-service coat room located next to the public bathrooms on the lobby level.

Ask a Visitor Services representative at the Information Desk for assistance locating the coat room. The coat room is for coats and jackets only, and is not monitored.

Does the Library allow weapons?

Firearms and other dangerous weapons are prohibited in the building.

It is a violation of federal law and punishable by fine and/or imprisonment to knowingly possess, cause, or attempt to introduce them in a federal facility.

For additional information on specific items, please review the “Prohibited Items in Federal Facilities” from the National Archives and Records Administration.