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

Special note: UMass Boston is under construction, which affects traffic to the Institute. There is special signage to direct you to our location on Columbia Point.

As the destination address please use this Google Maps link .

Parking

There is free parking adjacent to the Institute.

Accessible parking is available in front of the Institute. Continue driving on Mount Vernon Street past the parking lot and Massachusetts Archives, then make a left. Drive around the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library parking lot, then make a left in front of the Library. The Institute and Institute accessible parking will be on your right.

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.

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)