The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is part of the National Archives and Records Administration. Use of its grounds and facilities are governed by federal rules and regulations. In order for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum to make its facility available to the public, it must adhere to the following guidelines.

Download the Application and Permit for Use of Space in a Presidential Library. (pdf)

Events must be cultural, recreational, corporate and/or educational in nature. Commercial events and political fundraisers are not permitted.  For personal events please visit Weddings or Rehearsal Dinners and Personal Events.

No implications can be made through written material or media relations that the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is sponsoring the event or has endorsed the organization sponsoring the event.

Activities that include exchange of funds on site are not permitted. No auctions, raffles, admission or registration fees collected at the door, sales promotion of goods and/or services are allowed on site. Alcoholic beverages may be served by the caterer in an open or cash bar setting. The serving of alcohol must end no later than one half hour before the conclusion of the event.

All caterers, performers, entertainers and other service-related vendors servicing the event must forward a list of all staff entering the facility two weeks prior to the event and must check in with security upon arrival.

All events must be professionally catered. There is an on-site caterer at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Please call the special events department at 617-514-1582 for catering information.

Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the facility.

Food and beverages are not allowed in the Museum or its theaters.

Balloons, candles, potted plants, trees or any plant with soil are not permitted anywhere in the facility.

All deliveries for the event must be signed for by the organization sponsoring the event or its designated representative. Under no circumstances will the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum or any of its employees sign for or assume responsibility for these deliveries.

To get started please call 617-514-1582 to discuss date availability and schedule a site visit.

Luncheon in the Smith Hall Crescent


Smith Hall Place Setting

Lounge seating in Smith Hall

Formal dinner in the Pavilion