John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

The History of Tap @ JFK Library Jan. 16

Cambridge Youth Dance Program and Boston Tap Company will be presenting "The History of Tap: Moments in Time" on January 16, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The program will explore the history, rhythm, and multicultural expression of tap, a dance that transcends time and cultures. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is located at Columbia Point in Boston. For more information and to register for this event, visit the event's website, or call 617.514.1560.

Amanda Smith Forum @ JFK Library Dec. 12

Amanda Smith, the daughter of Jean Kennedy Smith, will be discussing her recent biography, Newspaper Titan: The Infamous Life and Monumental Times of Cissy Patterson. The forum will be held on December 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Cissy Patterson, at one point considered the most powerful woman in America, was the first woman to head a major daily newspaper, the now defunct Washington Times-Herald in Washington, D.C. To register for this forum, click here or call 617.514.1600. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is located at Columbia Point, Boston.

John F. Kennedy Library Hemingway Forum Dec. 11

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will be hosting a discussion of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway: Volume 1, 1907 - 1922 with Sandy Spanier, the book's editor, and novelist Ward Just. Scott Simon, host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, will moderate. Corey Stoll, the actor who played Hemingway in recent film Midnight in Paris, will read from the book. A free screening of Midnight in Paris will be shown following the forum!

The JFK Library is the world's principal center for research on the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, the Collection spans Hemingway's entire career, and contains 90% of existing Hemingway manuscripts. >> Read More

Ernest Hemingway and the Sea 10/12

Paul Hendrickson will be discussing his new biography of Ernest Hemingway. The book highlights Hemingway's relationship to the sea and his beloved boat, Pilar. The forum will be held in the Stephen Smith Hall at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. All forums are free and open to the public. To register, or to see more information, visit the listing of upcoming forums on the library's website here. Or, you can call 617.514.1643.

Letters of Bess Truman Oct. 2

Dear Harry Love BessClifton Truman Daniel, the grandson of Harry and Bess Truman, will be discussing Dear Harry, Love Bess: Bess Truman's Letters to Harry Truman, 1919 - 1943 at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum. The book was published in April and features the correspondence of Bess Truman with her husband. The Forum will be held on October 2nd from 1:00 to 2:30 pm in Stephen Smith Hall. All forums are free and open to the public. This, and other upcoming forums can be viewed online here.

A Conversation with Boston Globe Pulitzer Prize winners, Jun. 14

Prize Winner Ellen GoodmanCome to the Kennedy Library on Tuesday, June 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. to hear Boston Globe Pulitzer Prize winners Ellen Goodman, Walter Robinson, Charlie Savage and Sebastian Smee reflect on how winning the award changed their careers. Former Boston Globe columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Oliphant will moderate. Click here to make a reservation or call 617-514-1643. For more information, visit Watch Kennedy Library Forums LIVE on-line at >> Read More

Arabiqa with Karim Nagi, Apr. 18

On Monday, April 18, 2011 at 10:30 a.m., the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will host a special presentation of Arabiqa by Egyptian-American master percussionist and dancer Karim Nagi.  Children will learn about Arab and Muslim culture through a variety of traditional instruments, folk music, and traditional dance.  Karim uses authentic costumes, maps, Arabic words, lots of audience participation, and humor as he enlightens audiences about a captivating world beyond the headlines.

This Kennedy Library Celebrate! performance will be held on Monday, April 18, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. in the Stephen Smith Center at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston.

A Conversation with Past PEN Hemingway Winners, Mar. 26

Joshua Ferris, Ha Jin and Marilynne Robinson describe how winning the PEN Hemingway Award for their first novels affected their careers. Helene Atwan, Director of Beacon Press, moderates.

This forum will be held on Saturday, March 26 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in Stephen Smith Hall at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Dorchester.

All forums are free and open to the public. To make reservations and for further information, visit the Kennedy Presidential Library web page at or call (617) 514-1643.

New England Irish Harp Orchestra and Réagánta, Mar. 19

Did you know the harp is the official symbol of Ireland? The New England Irish Harp Orchestra and Réagánta bring Ireland to Boston with harps of many shapes and sizes. If you like Irish music, you will think this small orchestra is grand! Event is free and takes place March 19, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m at the JFK Library and Museum. To make a reservation, please visit the Celebrate! page online at, or call 617-514-1644 (the specific registration link is here). Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Free. 

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum


1.866.JFK.1960 (1-866-535-1960) OR 617.514.1600

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

*Holiday Hours* The JFK Presidential Library and Museum will close at 1:00 p.m. on December 24, 2009 and will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Hours The Museum is open 7 days per week, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the exception of New Year’s, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Our last Introductory Film of the day is at 3:55 p.m. The Research Room is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment only and is closed on weekends and federal holidays. To speak to our research room staff, please call 617.514.1629. Museum Admission Adults $12.00, Seniors (62 and over) and Students (with valid college ID) $10.00, Ages 13-17 $9.00, Children 12 and under are free. Group visits of 12 or more are eligible for a group visit discount with advance reservations. Students in grades K-12 from New England Schools on an educational group tour are eligible for free admission. Please contact the Group Tours office for more information at 617.514.1589.


The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation's thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world. Located on a ten-acre park, overlooking the sea that he loved and the city that launched him to greatness, the Library stands as a vibrant tribute to the life and times of John F. Kennedy. Tour the Museum which portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President. Students and scholars can also arrange to conduct research using the collection of historical materials chronicling mid-20th century politics and the life and administration of John F. Kennedy. The Kennedy Library is one of 13 Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.


Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125
United States
Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

JFK Library

Transportation The Library and Museum is easily accessed by public transportation. Take the MBTA Rapid Transit, Red Line (any red line train) to JFK/UMASS Station. There is a free shuttle bus to the Library every 20 minutes beginning at 8:00 a.m. and running until Museum closing. Please take the buses marked ‘JFK.’

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