A tour of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, situated on the banks of the Potomac River, is a highlight of any visit to Washington, D.C. As the nation’s performing arts center and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Center welcomes three million visitors annually. The tour highlights the historic event that led up to the establishment of a national cultural center, as well as an interactive exhibit on the life and presidency of John F. Kennedy.
The tour also includes the majestic Hall of States, Hall of Nations and five of the Center’s main theaters, including its three grand performances halls (the Concert Hall, Opera House, and Eisenhower Theater). From the magnificent Opera House chandelier, a gift from Austria that measures 50 feet across, to the 3,700 tons of marble from Carrara, Italy, lining the walls of the Hall of Nations, to the gorgeous Israeli Lounge, these gems reflect the many extraordinary gifts from the governments of more than 60 countries that make the Kennedy Center truly an international destination.
Also featured on the tour are works of art by renowned 20th century artists, including Lucien Wercollier’s Ascension and Dame Barbara Hepworth’s Figure. The tour concludes with a breathtaking 360-degree view of the nation’s capital from the Center’s Roof Terrace.