The John F. Kennedy Center opened in 1971 as a living memorial to President Kennedy. It is the premier performing arts center in Washington DC and offers a wide variety of entertainment while also serving the nation as a leader in arts education. Visitors can take a free guided tour of the Kennedy Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, and Sunday. Tours explore the Hall of States, Hall of Nations, and the main theaters and galleries. Check out the following photos and get a glimpse of the John F. Kennedy Center.
Kennedy Center Sculpture by Jürgen Weber
Two large bronze sculpture panels by German artist Jürgen Weber stand at the entrance to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The sculptures are entitled "Amerika" and "War or Peace" and were created between 1966 and 1971 as a gift from Germany in memory of John F. Kennedy.
Hall of States Flags
The Hall of States, at the entryway to the Kennedy Center, features flags from all 50 states, the 5 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. The Hall of States is home to one of the Gift Shops, the information desk, the main Box Office, and the Family Theater. The Hall of States provides access to the Grand Foyer and elevators to the Terrace Level.
The famous bronze bust of President John F. Kennedy, designed and created by American sculptor Robert Berks, reminds visitors that the performing arts center serves as a living memorial to our 35th president.
Kennedy Center Grand Foyer
The Grand Foyer of the Kennedy Center serves as a lobby for the Concert Hall, Opera House, and the Eisenhower Theater. It is 60 feet high and 630 feet long, making it one of the largest rooms in the world.
Golden Circles Lounge
Kennedy Center Circles members may entertain guests in the Golden Circles Lounge before performances and during intermissions. Members only lounges are located on the box tier level of the Concert Hall, Opera House, and Eisenhower Theater.
K C Cafe
The KC Café, on the Roof Terrace level, offers casual dining featuring gourmet sandwiches and a salad bar. The Chef's Table offers daily specials of pasta, fish, and meat prepared to order.
John F. Kennedy Center Gift Shop
Two Kennedy Center gift shops offer a selection of theatrical memorabilia including music, posters, books, clothes and more.
Kennedy Center Terrace
Theatergoers step outside during show intermissions to get some fresh air and enjoy the scenery from the Kennedy Center Terrace. The terrace provides views of the Potomac River, Georgetown University, the National Cathedral, Theodore Roosevelt Island, and the Roosevelt Bridge.
View of the Georgetown Waterfront
The John F. Kennedy Center is situated on the banks of the Potomac River in the heart of Washington DC. The terrace has wonderful views of many vantage points around the region. Here is a view of the Potomac River and the Georgetown Waterfront.
John F. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Free daily performances are held on the Millennium Stage in the Grand Foyer at the John F. Kennedy Center.
National Symphony Orchestra Photo
The National Symphony Orchestra performs classical and pops concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The Orchestra presents approximately 175 concerts each year including performances for ceremonial state affairs, presidential inaugurations, and official holiday celebrations.
View of Monuments
Visitors enjoy a view of the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial from the Kennedy Center Terrace.
President's Box at the Kennedy Center
The Kennedy Center has a special seating section - a President's Box - for the President and his guests. President and Mrs. Obama and other VIPs enjoy the Annual Kennedy Center Honors and other performances from this prime location at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
African Room - John F. Kennedy Center Lounge
The John F. Kennedy Center has several lounges that feature artwork donated by nations from around the world. The African Room, located on the box tier of the Opera House, serves as a reception room for dignitaries and features African art. A wooden sculpture, Mother Earth, Condolences to You from Ghana represents the Africans' grief over the death of President Kennedy. Decorative serving and mixing bowls hang on the wall. (Point to Adinkra cloth.) This cloth symbolizes mourning over the death of President Kennedy.
African Room Wooden Doors
These wooden doors in the African Room were carved from a 700-year-old tree in Nigeria. The carving depicts life in the village where the sculptor was born.
Don Quixote Statue
The statue of Don Quixote, located in front of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Building in Washington DC, was a gift from Spain during America's Bicentennial. An inscription reads "Well might the enchanters rob me of my good fortune, but never of my spirit or my will." The sculpture is from the Cervantes literary Character named Don Quixote. He is dressed in a suit of armor and he emerges on his horse from a jagged piece of stone, holding a 12' lance.