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John F. Kennedy National Historic Site

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Address: 83 Beals St, Brookline, MA 02446-6010
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+1 617-566-7937
09:30 - 17:00
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Wed - Sun 09:30 - 17:00

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Excellent guided tour of the house where JFK was born in 1917 and where he lived for the first four years of his life. They offer an excellent (and free of charge) thirty-minute... read more

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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent guided tour of the house where JFK was born in 1917 and where he lived for the first four years of his life. They offer an excellent (and free of charge) thirty-minute tour. If you're interested in history, this is a must-see.

Thank Stevenkla
Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I went here yesterday and out of season. It's possible to do this if you write in advance (2 weeks is preferable) to the email address on their website. They will advise a suitable time to join one of the few daily guided tours which is run by a ranger. This tour was about 50 minutes long and was excellent,... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

We really wanted to visit the home where John F. Kennedy was born but it is closed for the season and we had to make a reservation two weeks before our visit in order to secure an offseason tour. It was well worth the effort as we have long been fans of Kennedy. The house is actually quite modest -... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

If you are in Brookline, it is worth dropping by JFK's birthplace home. The street of houses are very pretty, and it's really cool to think of the Kennedy's there. He lived there until he was 10 years old.

Thank Alicat1964
Nashville, Tennessee
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I have been a long time admirer of JFK so this was a must for me on my first trip to Boston. It did not disappoint. Take a little extra time to watch the films at the beginning. The guided tour doesn't take a long time but is well worth your while. It is a short walk from the T... More 

Thank tracylaw2112
Brookline, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

After living in the same neighborhood as John F.Kennedy's birthplace for more than 30 years,I finally went to tour this national landmark! It was not a disappointment. I was surprised to see that it was a modest home-not at all what I expected. The kitchen is very simple with a coal burning stove. The tour guide described JFK's position in... More 

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Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Great, very manageable visit. Parking on the street very easy. Easy walk from Coolidge Corner Green line. House furnishings are either the original or a few replicas. Give you a very clear image of how the young Kennedy Family lived. Great historic site. Small but interesting and important. Enjoy.

Thank Lindy L
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

The site is currently closed until May and is accessible by appointment only. So please call ahead if you plan to visit. We were able to take a tour on October 30, the last day of tours. We did, however, go trick-or-treating at the house the following evening with the kids (rangers were on site for the trick-or-treaters). I recommend... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

We'd been to Boston a few times and always seemed to miss this lovely spot. As others have noted, check the hours before you go. We took public transportation to get there and enjoyed the walk to this unassuming house in what seemed like a vibrant neighborhood. The tour of the house and the small visitors' center and gift shop... More 

Thank Janet T
Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

In a quiet neighborhood in Brookline. Interesting site. We had free admission and headsets narrated by Rose Kennedy. Amazingly modest home. Worth a visit!

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