The Kennedy Center Tours and Information

Kennedy Center Tours

The Kennedy Center offers free daily guided tours given by Friends of the Kennedy Center volunteers. The tour highlights the historic events that led up to the establishment of the national cultural center that is also our nation's living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, and includes an interactive exhibit on his life and presidency.

Visitors also learn about the works of art given to the Center, such as Robert Berks's bust of President Kennedy, Willy Weber's Apollo X, and the stunning REACH buildings by architect Steven Holl.

What do you need to know?

All tours of the Kennedy Center start at the tour desk on Level A.

Come in on a walk-in basis approximately every 10 minutes, or sign up for one of our special tours below in advance.For tours of the REACH, visit the Welcome Desk in the Welcome Pavilion. 

Kennedy Center Tour Hours

Mon. - Fri. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sat. & Sun. 10:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.

The REACH Tour Hours

Mon. - Fri. 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Sat. & Sun. 11:00 a.m.

Serving Visitors with Disabilities

All tours are accessible to people with disabilities. Wheelchairs and assistive listening devices available upon request.

Kennedy Center Friends tour guides welcome our visitors with disabilities and provide many accommodations. Assistive listening devices are available at the tour desk on the A-level for visitors who have a hearing loss, and all tours are wheelchair-accessible. Additionally, Touch tours, Sign-Interpreted tours, and Meet Your Seat tours are offered upon request.

Touch tours are given by specially-trained Friends tour guides for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Attendees will be able to touch some of the works of art, including several sculptures.

Sign-Interpreted tours are available for visitors who are Deaf. Attendees will see the main theaters and lounges, and will learn about the gifts and the artist who created them such as Robert Berks's bust of President John F. Kennedy, Willy Weber's Apollo X, and the stunning Israeli Lounge.

How do I get scheduled for a tour?

Click here to visit the official Kennedy Center Tours website.