Introducing Friends of the Institute

As a tribute to Senator Kennedy's 47-year career, gifts of $47 and up recognize you as a Friend of the Institute.

Plan Your Visit

Parking & Directions


The Edward M. Kennedy Institute is located on Columbia Point on the University of Massachusetts Boston campus. Nearby is the JFK Presidential Library & Museum and the Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum.

By Public Transportation

On the MBTA, take the Red Line to JFK/UMass station and take Bus #1, a free UMass Boston shuttle bus, to the Kennedy/Archives stop which will drop off at the stop sign across from the Institute.

Announcement: Due to the ongoing coronavirus public emergency, UMass Boston has adjusted the shuttle schedules and routes. Please check their website here for updated information.


As the destination address please use this Google Maps link. Follow the directional signage on the UMass Boston campus.


There is free parking adjacent to the Institute and designated accessible parking spots in the Edward M. Kennedy Institute lot.

Driving Details

From the North:

Take Route I-93 or I-95 South to Boston and onto the Southeast Expressway (Route 3/I-93) to Exit 15. Keep left at the fork; follow signs for South Boston/Castle Island. Turn left onto Columbia Road. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto William J. Day Boulevard. After exiting the traffic circle, take the first immediate right onto Mount Vernon Street. Turn left at the light to stay on Mount Vernon. Follow Mount Vernon to the end. The Institute’s parking lot will be on the right.

From the South:

Take Route 3/I-93 (Southeast Expressway) to Exit 14 for Morrissey Boulevard. Merge onto Morrissey Boulevard and follow past the UMass Boston campus main entrance and Boston College High School. Stay down and to the right to reach Mount Vernon Street. Turn right onto Mount Vernon Street. Follow Mount Vernon to the end. The Institute’s parking lot will be on the right.

From the West:

Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route I-90W) to Exit 24C (Route 3/I-93), southbound to Exit 15. Then follow the “From the North” directions above.