Museum Expansion

Museum Expansion2018-05-24T09:34:41+00:00

Fostering Civic Engagement: Case for Support

Cape Cod played a significant role in JFK’s family life and presidency. And as our neighbor grew in celebrity, our region became a backdrop to some of the most historical and memorable events in U.S. and world history. As stewards of this civic memory, the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum works to preserve this legacy and our unique local heritage.

With a renewed commitment to preserving our unique history and bringing new light to John F. Kennedy’s legacy of ideas and ideals, the Museum is working to create a modern venue where we can better serve our community and continue our work to inspire active and informed civic engagement — ensuring the JFK legacy, and the Museum, remain relevant and sustainable for generations to come.


How Can I Help?

There are several ways that you can help. Donations are accepted on this website on the make a donation page, or by calling (508) 790-3077, or by stopping in the museum at 397 Main Street, Hyannis, MA.

Your donation to the John F. Kennedy Museum will support the following:

  • The transformation of the Museum’s antiquated lower level

  • Contemporary educational curricula

  • Advanced media capabilities

  • Collection and artifact growth

Our lower level renovations are underway, with the Phase one demolition, completed in February. The renovation plans will include the construction of a 50-seat, state-of-the-art auditorium/media room with a 100-seat community room with configurable tables and chairs that will support both Museum education activities and other cultural programming as well as being able to accommodate community events. A key component of the new space will be advanced media capabilities, enabling in-house viewing of special speaker programs and educational programming and streaming from the JFK Library and EMK Institute in Boston. The Museum will have the ability to do outbound live streaming and as well for educational purposes.

John Allen, Museum Director, with plans for Museum Renovation
Scudder Family Community Room
Community Room - Entering the Auditorium
Community Room - Entering the Auditorium


Renovation includes construction of a 50-seat state-of-the-art auditorium and media room with a 100 seat community room and configurable tables and chairs that will support Museum-wide programming.


The museum is actively developing its own educational curricula and content that will be used to promote and support civic learning and engagement opportunities.


Expansion will create the space needed to serve residents, students from local and regional schools, and visitors with educational or informational programs and activities.


Our artifacts and collections are enormously important in helping in preserving and promoting the legacy of President Kennedy, his family, and their deep connection to Cape Cod.

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