The JFK Museum in Hyannis offers a fascinating insight into the life of America’s 35th president. Dedicated to preserving the legacy of John F. Kennedy, who spent many summers on Cape Cod, the museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in Kennedy: the man and the president.
The Kennedy family has owned a summer compound in Hyannis Port since the 1920s. JFK spent a lot of time in and around town, so it’s fitting that a museum devoted to the former president is located here. The facility brings together personal artifacts, candid family photographs, oral histories from friends, and detailed panels exploring Kennedy’s rise to success, untimely death, and connection to Cape Cod.
Hyannis’ former town hall houses the museum, which is marked with a bronze statue of Kennedy by David Lewis . Many people combine a trip to Cape Cod and its charming towns with a visit to Boston and its many attractions, such as Fenway Park and the New England Aquarium. Multi-attraction sightseeing cards allow discounted entry into many area monuments, attractions, and museums (including the JFK Museum).
Things to Know Before You Go
- Entrance to the museum is via paid ticket.
- Discounts are available for students, seniors, and youths. Children under 5 go free.
- Active military can visit for free with up to five guests, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
- Private tours can be arranged outside of the usual opening hours.
- The museum is wheelchair accessible.
- Free parking is available on-site.
How to Get There
The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum is at 397 Main Street in Hyannis Port, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. If driving from Boston and points north, take Route 3 across the Sagamore Bridge and then follow Route 6 and local roads to Hyannis Port. Bus services run to Hyannis Port from New York, Providence, and Boston, while local routes connect Hyannis with nearby towns.
When to Get There
The museum is open seasonally from mid-April to late November. Core opening hours are 10am–4pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm–4pm on Sundays. Hours are extended slightly in spring and summer. The ticket desk closes 45 minutes before the museum shuts.
Cape Cod Melody Tent Show
One of only two continuously operated tent theaters in the US, the Cape Cod Melody Tent has been delighting audiences since 1951. With a capacity of 2,300 people, every seat is within 50 feet (15 meters) of the rotating stage, guaranteeing a great view of the show. The theater hosts music and comedy performers, and theatrical shows.