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 #2, a free shuttle bus that drops off in front of the Institute.

Driving

From Interstate 93 take Exit 15 (from the North) or Exit 14 (from the South) to Morrissey Boulevard and follow signs to the Institute. As the destination address for GPS purposes, please use University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) campus, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, or this Google Maps link .

Parking

There is free parking adjacent to the Institute.

Additional 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 1st exit onto William T. Morrissey Boulevard. Take the first left onto Bianculli Boulevard. The road will merge into University Drive South. Continue to follow the road, passing the Campus Center on your left. Continue to the stop sign and take a left going past Massachusetts Archives on your left. At the next stop sign, take another left and then an immediate right into the Institute’s parking lot.

From the South:

Take Route 3/I-93 (Southeast Expressway) 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 first exit onto William T. Morrissey Boulevard. Take the first left onto Bianculli Boulevard. The road will merge into University Drive South. Continue to follow the road, passing the Campus Center on your left. Continue to the stop sign and take a left going past Massachusetts Archives on your left. At the next stop sign, take another left and then an immediate right into the Institute’s parking lot. 

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.

Groups

For large groups, please make arrangements by calling 617.740.7000. The Institute offers special rates for groups of 20 or more. Please email groupsales@emkinstitute.org for more information.

In The Area

Museums & Attractions

The Institute’s facility is a 68,000 square foot building located on Columbia Point on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) and adjacent to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. The Institute is also next door to the Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum, which houses the Commonwealth’s original copy of the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence among many other relevant archival and educational resources. The Institute is also near the Boston HarborWalk, where visitors can walk, run, cycle or have a picnic along the waterfront.

Hotels

DoubleTree Club by Hilton Hotel Boston Bayside (1.4 miles)
Courtyard Boston-South Boston (2.2 miles)
Holiday Inn Express South Boston (2.3 miles)
Ramada Boston (3.1 miles)
Comfort Inn Boston (3.3 miles)