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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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  • I loved reading about the Kennedys in the past, so given an opportunity to explore the museum was awesome. A lot of pertinent information for avid fans of Kennedy history. There was a lot of... 
    I loved reading about the Kennedys in the past, so given an opportunity to explore the museum was awesome. A lot of pertinent information for avid fans of Kennedy history. There was a lot of...  more »
  • Very Nice Museum. If not driving it is easy to get to by mass transit take the train to U-Mass and then catch the shuttle bus. It is also worthwhile if you have time to visit the Commonwealth... 
    Very Nice Museum. If not driving it is easy to get to by mass transit take the train to U-Mass and then catch the shuttle bus. It is also worthwhile if you have time to visit the Commonwealth...  more »
  • Went to the museum with fairly low expectations on a very rainy and windy day, but the museum was one of those rare experiences that over delivered and turned what was a grim day into an excellent... 
    Went to the museum with fairly low expectations on a very rainy and windy day, but the museum was one of those rare experiences that over delivered and turned what was a grim day into an excellent...  more »
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  • One of the coolest experiences of my life. The museum is an amazing place. They start you off with a video of JFK's life, and then it takes you through a chronological journey through his early years all the way to the presidency. There are a lot of historical artifacts from his life here, and a wonderful representation of what the oval office looked like when he was in office. You can feel his Spirit here, and I would highly recommend this to anyone's bucket list.
  • JFK Presidential Museum is a must see! The museum is very well-organized and designed. It took around 2ish hours to visit the museum. It begins with a short video/overview of JFK and then leads to his 1960 campaign, his presidency, family, and impact, among many other things. It was very interesting to learn about JFK’s fundamental role in the peace corps, space corps, and disabilities advocacy. However, the museum does not have much on JFK’s assassination and perhaps creates an overly picturesque view on JFK. The museum pavilion includes beautiful waterfront views of Dorchester Bay with Boston city views in the background. Ticket prices varies from $10-18 with standard adult tickets at $18.
  • This is a really beautifully curated museum. The guy at the front desk was so nice and informative; all the staff were extremely knowledgeable! Well organized, super clean, and the building is gorgeous. We enjoyed the space race exhibit and the collection of dolls. There’s even a gift shop and cafe. I recommend supplementing a visit with a stroll along the Harborwalk (right outside the museum).
  • Wow! So much history in this place! Being born after his era, I never got to hear his voice. After listening to JFK's voice, he sounds so presidential and the speech's actually have some meaning. Presidents in the past actually had class.
  • If you’re an architecture buff, you’ll love this. If you’re a history buff, you’ll love this. If you are a seascape buff, you’ll love this. There is something for everyone here. Absolutely fantastic! And see if your local library has discount passes (and join and support them!)…saved us a nice little bit.

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