John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library, Boston

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library documents the life, career, and story of one of America's most well-known leaders through a collection of archives, exhibitions, and materials. You’ll see an array of memorabilia, photographs, and personal belongings spread out over seven permanent exhibits, including those focused on JFK's political career, the Space Race, and the Kennedy family. You’ll want to catch the series of films welcoming you to the center, one is narrated by JFK himself, and another documents the Cuban missile crisis. Originally opened in 1979, the complex was designed as the official home of records and papers pertaining to Kennedy's administration and government. Consult the museum’s website to create your itinerary before you go, because the complex is extensive. Make John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library a centerpiece of your Boston vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Boston trip maker app .
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  • The museum has quite a bit to offer, and much memorabilia regarding the Kennedy presidency. The staff is friendly & professional, which is important as there is much to see and do! This is a great tri...  more »
  • Excellent exhibition of the life of JFK. Of course, it concentrates on the positives but with eadh display and each bit of rhetoric it shows how much the presidency has been degraded along with the co...  more »
  • This visit was not in our original plan but after a recommendation from a local we fit it in to our final day. The access was easy using the redline subway stop at UMass/JFK and then a free shuttle to...  more »
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  • What a striking and magnificent building! John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum is really one-of-a-kind! You will find yourself enthralled in the history of life, leadership and legacy of John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth President of the United States. So much respect and admiration for his dedication and enthusiasm for public service! Lots of fascinating and eye-catching exhibits including his family photographs and political memorabilia! Given its strategic location, you will also be able to enjoy the panoramic views of the Boston Harbor! In a nutshell, don’t ever leave Boston without checking out the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum!
  • The museum strikes first with the beauty of the building and its location at the waterfront! Inside, you’ll meet friendly staff and experience life and work of one of the greatest presidents of the Unites States. The tour starts with a movie and you’ll continue trough a dozen of galleries dedicated to different years and topics of JFK’s political career. All of those were well organized and interesting to read and look at. Anyone visiting Boston should dedicate 2-3 hours and visit this great venue!
  • I wasn't sure what to expect but I really enjoyed it. It begins with a 20 minute movie to get you up to speed on JFK to the point if the 1960 democratic convention nomination. The museum exhibits begin at this point. My parents, husband, and I were very interested in the exhibits and quite enjoyed ourselves. My 13 year old was mildly interested and my 7 year old not at all interested. Keep in mind if you have small children. Small cafe with soup, salad, boxed sandwiches, pizza slices. Reasonably priced. Easy to get to on the red line of the T with a short ride on a shuttle bus.
  • Worth to spend some hours understanding better a visionary, intelligent man and his honest dream for improving life for humans globally. See the movies, which makes us remember we were close to a nuclear war under the Cuba crises. Bring a sweater as its unnecessary cold inside.
  • Absolutely amazing museum that everyone in the Boston area should check out at least once. This place is filled with amazing details of JFK's life from the start to the end with all the context. The admission price is being reasonable especially considering the architecture is stunning. The 6 story all glass foyer is a sight to behold. Information wasn't overwhelming and the museum isn't so large as to take all day. The small videos playing at many artifact displays were concise and well made. They even participate in Bank of America's Museums on Us program.

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