JFK’s Cape Cod Story

Visit the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum to learn about the legacy of President Kennedy and his deep connection to Cape Cod where he enjoyed special days with family and friends. The Cape was the one place he could relax and feel at home, even while bearing the weight of the world. Learn why Hyannis Port was considered the “heart and home” of the Kennedys then and now. Step into the unforgettable Summer White House days of the 1960s when a beloved President and his family brought joy and hope to the nation.

Museum Hours

May 1st is the start of our summer schedule: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last ticket sold at 4:15 p.m

Summer Authors’ Series begins June 10 at 4:00 p.m.

Check events page for speakers and topics.  Members are always free.

Presidential Summers: The Kennedys on Cape Cod
For JFK weekends on Cape Cod meant renewal, inspiration and fun family times. See archival video, special family images, fascinating artifacts and more at this new long-term exhibit. Exhibit Highlights: Kennedy Compound, To Wake as President, Sailing the Victura and more.

John F. Kennedy’s Rocking Chair, ca. 1962
This exhibit has been extended to December 2024: The museum is honored to exhibit one of President Kennedy’s iconic rocking chairs during the renovation of The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. In 1962 President Kennedy gave this authentic Kennedy Rocker to the Waldorf Astoria to find its pride of place in the presidential suite.

RFK: Ripple of Hope:
The return of a special exhibit to commemorate the life and legacy of Robert Kennedy. The exhibit begins with RFK’s early years in the Kennedy family, including rarely seen images of his time on Cape Cod, 45 images and excerpts from RFK’s speeches, and an eight-minute video narrated by Kathleen Kennedy and former Congressman Joe Kennedy III.

Your support is vital to the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum. Without it, we could not accomplish our mission – to preserve and promote the legacy of President Kennedy, his family and their deep connection to Cape Cod.  Your gift celebrates this legacy through engaging museum exhibits, dynamic cultural programming and modernization to ensure the Museum remains relevant and sustainable for today and generations.

Become A Member
Your membership will help support President Kennedy’s legacy and the ongoing development of this dynamic museum. Each and every dollar of support we receive goes directly to support the museum and the direct expenses associated with our maintenance and mission. Join the ranks of those who are passionate not only about preserving an incredibly important piece of local history, but also those who help shape the museum now and in the future.

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Museum News


January 9, 2024 (Hyannis, MA) –  The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum has announced its 2024 scholarship program for Cape and Islands residents who are high school seniors. Seniors who are pursuing undergraduate education at an accredited institution may participate by submitting an essay and application by March 29, 2024.

Full details can be found here.  The essay portion of the application is to focus on this quote from President Kennedy’s inaugural speech given in Dublin, Ireland on June 28, 1963:

“The supreme reality of our time is the vulnerability of our planet.”

JFK Hyannis Museum Names New Officers for 2024

HYANNIS, MA (January 04, 2024) – The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum has elected new officers for the 2024 year at its annual meeting held in December.

Paul Hart Miller, a resident of Monument Beach, has been elected as board chair. Miller is Administrative Director of Business Development & Network Operations for the Department of Medicine/Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.  Miller is an active volunteer with the JFK Presidential Library and Museum New Frontier Network and the 1787 Society of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate. He is

JFK Hyannis Museum Bestows Leadership Award Upon Dorothy A. Saverese.

The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation has announced that Dorothy A. Savarese, retired CEO of Cape Cod Five has received the 2023 JFK Hyannis Museum Founders Community Leadership Award.

Created in 2015 to recognize outstanding examples of leadership in the inspiration of others, in the advancement of the civic and economic well-being of Cape Cod, the award will be conferred upon Savarese at a reception at the JFK Hyannis Museum on Thursday, October 19, 2023.

“Starting as a commercial lending officer Savarese rose through the ranks to become president and chief executive officer of Cape Cod Five, an


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