JFK Hyannis Museum, Hyannis

3.7
Browse through photos, videos, wall displays, and clips from former President John F. Kennedy's final months on Cape Cod at JFK Hyannis Museum. The museum highlights Kennedy's time with his friends and family at their vacation home, with an exhibit focusing on the summer of 1963 to his assassination on November 22, 1963, and the family's subsequent days on Cape Cod. Housed in the former town hall building, the museum includes a statue titled "What Could Have Been," portraying JFK walking on the beach with his son, plus you'll find the Kennedy family tree. Parking is available behind the museum. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hyannis trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • There is nothing in this building that makes it a "Museum". Photos on the walls that anyone can see and probably have by looking at books. Quite a disappointment.  more »
  • A solemn memorial for a president in a beautiful location. Right on the beach. Watch out for goose droppings everywhere.  more »
  • We learned a lot about the family of JFK, but move just to see it's not worth it. The price is too high for the material you provide.
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  • We LOVED this museum, brief, not expensive and well-presented, HOWEVER, my 87 year old mother should not have to go outside the building (basically leave the museum) to use the bathroom. She was really looking forward to the museum, but she has bathroom issues and mobility issues. And the woman who said that in 1926 they did not envision this many visitors was obnoxious. Find a place to put a bathroom, at least for the handicapped.
  • Not sure what I expected but it's basically just pictures on the wall with same narrative next to them. They did have a poor quality short video that looped in a small room you could watch but the audio was so low, it was hard to hear. I like the fact that the presence of the museum might cause some younger generations to learn something about JFK. I think that you could easily find more interesting content from an internet search.
  • On the positive side, very thoughtful and well-informed docents, and superb photos of the Kennedy family at Hyannisport. The negatives include a very limited collection, both in terms of number of items and more importantly, in terms of context (if you had not lived through the Kennedy years and been a bit of a Kennedy groupie, it would be impossible to know what this whole thing was about). Those of us who did live through those years are getting old very rapidly, and it would also help if the museum were handicapped accessible as our limitations increase.
  • A great amount of photos and history of Kennedy family. His love of sailing. A good way to know the Kennedy family.
  • I love all things Kennedy and this was a great exhibit about Jack and his family.

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Most of the town's accommodations are concentrated around the harbor and main street. bed and breakfasts, hotels, and historical inns look out over the water, stand on either side of the main street, or line the narrow side streets. Some of these offer spa services, while others have only basic amenities. Book well in advance, as lodging fills up fast, especially in the summer.
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