Take a Tour

Engage with the arts and history of this landmark by exploring our spaces or taking a free guided tour of the Kennedy Center and the REACH.

Free guided tours

The Kennedy Center offers free daily guided tours given by Friends of the Kennedy Center volunteers. The tour highlights the historic events that led up to the establishment of the national cultural center that is also our nation's living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, and includes an interactive exhibit on his life and presidency.

Visitors also learn about the works of art given to the Center, such as Robert Berks's bust of President Kennedy, Willy Weber's Apollo X, and the stunning REACH buildings by architect Steven Holl.

View "Artist Gifts and the Artists Who Created Them".

Learn more about art & sculpture at the REACH

For more information call (202) 416-8340.

Tour Hours

All tours of the Kennedy Center start at the tour desk on Level A. Come in on a walk-in basis approximately every 10 minutes, or sign up for one of our special tours below in advance.

For tours of the REACH, visit the Welcome Desk in the Welcome Pavilion. 

Kennedy Center Tour Hours

Mon. - Fri. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sat. & Sun. 10:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.

The REACH Tour Hours

Mon. - Fri. 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Sat. & Sun. 11:00 a.m.

Special Tours

Take a Virtual Tour on Google

Step through our spaces on your computer in our Google Arts & Culture virtual tour.

Explore the REACH

Explore the REACH

See what's playing and tour the grounds and new spaces in our exciting extension.

The REACH is a living theater where diverse art forms collide to break down the boundaries between audience and art. It is an immersive learning center, a public incubator, and a set of dynamic, collaborative spaces where art happens so close audiences can reach out and touch it.

Explore the REACH

Share Your Tour Experience

How was your REACH tour experience or your Kennedy Center tour experience? Let us know what some of the highlights were and how we can improve the experience in a quick survey. 

You can also use #KenCenTours to share your experience on social media!