Welcome to the Kennedy Center!

The Kennedy Center is open to the public daily from 10 a.m until approximately half an hour after the end of the evening's final performance. There is no fee to enter the building, and free tours are offered daily.

Begin your visit to the Kennedy Center at the Information Desk, located in the Hall of States (10 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily). You can pick up a map, learn what performances are playing, and receive membership information from one of the many volunteers who staff this important resource. You may also find out about first aid, lost and found, and security services.

For the convenience of Kennedy Center patrons, a Riggs Bank ATM is located in the parking plaza on Level A, next to the Gift Shop on that level. Coat check is available in the Hall of Nations during performance times only.


Get information about services provided for our patrons who have visual, hearing, and mobility impairments.

Directions and Parking

The Kennedy Center is located on the banks of the Potomac River in Washington, DC, at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue, NW, and the Rock Creek Parkway. Find out how to reach us by car or Metro.

Guided Tours

Take a free tour and see the Hall of States and Hall of Nations, the Center's main theaters, and dozens of paintings, sculptures, and other artworks given to the Center by foreign countries.


Have a quick bite to eat before the show, an elegant dinner with spectacular views, a quintessential Sunday brunch, or a custom-catered gathering to celebrate that special event.

Gift Shop

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Buy a wide selection of unique merchandise related to the performing arts, available online or at the Center.

Event Planning

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Plan your special event at the Kennedy Center.