John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC: Hours, Address, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Reviews: 4.5/5

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Upper Northwest
How to get there
  • Foggy Bottom–GWU • 10 min walk
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Dan
2 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We visited Washington DC, and checked out the Kennedy Memorial Performing Arts Center based on Trip Advisor reviews. Glad we took the advice of many on Trip Advisors to go on tour.

Bernie, our tour guide, was fabulous, knowledgeable, and personable. We learned so much about the arts, lounges, theaters, and gifts from 60 countries in the Performing Arts Center. Lots of wonderful back stories on the place and arts. The terrace has a wonderful view of Potomac River and surrounding communities in DC and Arlington.

When you visit, recommend parking in Kennedy Center lot if you drive. Tour information is near Parking A floor. Very friendly staff.

At the next visit, looking forward to see one of 2,000 performances throughout the year at the Center.
Written 28 May 2022
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ktbeenthere2015
New York City, NY161 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
We heard and read the fantastic reviews but our experience did not resemble those of others. The tour hours were listed until 1:00pm. We arrived at 12:40 pm but the tours had closed. 3 different personnel sent us in opposing directions to find the tour desk - which is downstairs. We then opted to take a self guided tour. The “information “ desk staff searched many drawers and shelves for brochures . They eventually found them and gave them to us without explanations. We asked for a map of where to start. The staff could not explain how to start the self guided tour (the floor plan was in the brochure). We found a floor plan a few steps away from their desk and gathered the information for ourselves.. We enjoyed our own tour, but had we known to come 20 minutes earlier to see more on display, we would have given a better review. I recommend calling before you go to ask the time of the last tour (that is not advertised).
Written 6 May 2022
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Don H
5 contributions
Apr 2022
Visited the Kennedy Center for a tour. The tour guide, Susan, was excellent. More history than I expected from this tour, very informative and interesting. Would highly recommend it! And on top of the great tour it was free! and lastly at the end of the tour the last part is on the upper deck looking over the Potomac, which ad beautiful scenes
Written 20 April 2022
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kufy25
Prior Lake, MN39 contributions
Apr 2022
A free gem of a sight to explore when in DC! We went on a Monday morn and as we entered, the door guard suggested that we take the elevator to the top floor and go outside on the veranda and walk all around. What a view! Then back inside we got a free tour of the beautiful theaters and the art from many different countries and The Reach area. Roberta, our tour guide was great and so personable and full of interesting facts. An unexpected highlight of our time in DC.
Written 7 April 2022
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paula
11 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Had a nice time sightseeing
in Washington DC. We saw the Lincoln
Memorial, the White House, WWil Memorial,
Vietnam Memorial, Washington Monument,
and the original Constitution, Declaration
of Independence, and Bill of Rights at the
National Archives! It was a jam packed layover
in DC! Next stop - home!
Written 6 April 2022
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Marvin F
1 contribution
Feb 2022 • Couples
The performance was amazing until they had random women sitting in the seat that were watching if you were recording, couldn't even look at a txt msg or time because they assumed we were recording, wasn't pleased with that what's so ever. It's upsetting we can even take at least a photo for the amount of money we are dropping for this performance but I understand their concerns but it was just upsetting that they had these women pretending they were customers but instead were little spys watching if you were recording or taking photos. I felt uncomfortable that I left the show early. Will never be spending my money for that ever again.
Written 16 February 2022
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Molly Macfarlane
London, UK260 contributions
Jan 2022
We went to the Kennedy Center on 1st January.

This was a last-minute decision, to see the Temptations musical, Ain't Too Proud. The show was fantastic, as was the venue.

While it's a bit out of the way, it is easily walkable from Georgetown. The venue itself is stunningly photogenic and made out of marble, and the gift shop at the entrance had so many lovely pieces.

The show was also astounding, and the actors were so talented. Our seats were P1, P3, and P5 in the orchestra, and we had a fantastic view.

There are a range of Broadway performances on in any of the 3 theatres throughout the year, and we definitely will be coming back if ever in the area.
Written 5 January 2022
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Oscar L
Maryland32 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
The staff were extraordinary. We attended the play "ain't too proud" which was crowded and with the check for vaccination, I expected a long and slow process. I was quite surprised that both the electronic and paper lines moved quickly. Staff were constantly seeking to guide us to our seats. At the end, we met Patrick who volunteered to take a group picture for us and remi ded us to do a review.
Written 2 January 2022
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David P
Fayetteville, NC181 contributions
Nov 2019
I was in DC visiting my Daughter who attends GWU. While there we took in the Nutcracker done by the New York ballet. Don't drive, always take a taxi or Uber because parking is always difficult and it's one less thing to worry about. When there buy tickets in advance and download to your phone, this will make for easy entrance to the center. When there visit the Russian room at intermission, for drinks. I went with my wife and daughter and it was great.
Written 7 September 2020
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Chefcolli
Flower Mound, TX142 contributions
Feb 2020
What a great place to see an Opera and enjoy the beauty of the center. If you are going to Washington this is must see.
Written 14 March 2020
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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is open:
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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