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. Add John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library to your Boston travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Boston vacation trip planner.
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  • If you remember JFK or want to learn more about his presidency, this tour will meet all of your expectations. You can relive his early years in the Senate, his campaign for the Presidency, and his Pre...  more »
  • The JFK Museum is outstanding and well worth the subway + shuttle ride to visit it! Great value at $14 entry including the guided tour (and our guide was excellent / such a relaxed conversational styl...  more »
  • This museum offers a glimpse of the life of JFK and his family. The docent seemed a little partisan so we left to discover on our own. The various videos reminded all of another time. Perhaps the most...  more »
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  • A couple tips. 1. Know ahead of time exactly how to get there and - the area is under construction and there are some roads blocked off. 2. I visited on Jul 3 - and it was crowded but the groups of people kept moving through and there was nothing I couldn't see. 3. My tween daughter and I enjoyed all of it - and we were in a hurry and saw it all in an hour. I would have preferred to leisurely spend at least another 30 minutes. 4. The current exhibit on JFK's 100 year anniversary is chronological and very well done with items I had never seen before. 5. This is included in the Boston Go-Card. Make sure you are aware of that before buying the Go Card later for downtown Boston attractions. I definitely recommend this to anyone who appreciates history.
  • I very much enjoyed my visit to the JFK Library. They do a great job of transporting you back to the 60's from a political but also a cultural standpoint. I already felt relatively knowledgeable about his presidency but still learned and gained insight into it. They also have exhibits on Jackie and one on Robert (Attorney General).
  • Beautiful library! The first time I was there I was able to meet Dave Power and Everlyn Lincoln, his personal secretary. Lucky me❤
  • Cool place to visit in memory of JFK. Very informative on his life and time in office. Beautiful views from the building.
  • The exhibits were very well done, showing a touching, human side of JFK which I'd never before appreciated. I left the museum feeling inspired by the man's nerves of steel, sense of justice, and call to service. Every American who has the opportunity should visit this museum should take advantage of it. It will give you a better appreciation of your country's dramatic past, which we younger folks too often take for granted.

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