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John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library

Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125
617 514 1600
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Ranked #11 of 218 Attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Libraries, Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Relive the Kennedy era in this dynamic combination museum and library, where your visit starts with a short film and then leaves you on your own to... more » Owner description: Relive the Kennedy era in this dynamic combination museum and library, where your visit starts with a short film and then leaves you on your own to explore a series of fascinating exhibits, including the Kennedy-Nixon debate, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the space program, 1960s campaign paraphernalia and displays about Jacqueline and other Kennedy family members. The striking, I.M. Pei-designed building overlooks the water and the Boston skyline. « less
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South Haven, Michigan
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52 reviews 52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

One well laid out Museum. I learned a lot that I hadn't know before, and I was 10 when he was elected. Many video presentations and a lot on Jackie.

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Houston, Texas
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We visited the JFK library during a recent Boston/New England trip. Overall, the library was OK to very good. We had previously visited the Nixon, LBJ, and the Bush 41 libraries. They had a lot more content and substance, but had longer presidencies. In all fairness, JFK had a very short presidency, and I think that’s the reason for the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Easy to find - on Google Maps. Beautiful location - we could have hung out next to the water for hours. The museum was wonderful - focused on the family, the rise to his Presidential role and of course his death and the impact he had on a country. Also great focus on his wife and siblings. I went with... More

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Newtown
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this library very much. I know would like to visit other presidential libraries.

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San Francisco
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

If you grew up in the sixties, touring the museum brings back many memories. Interestingly, the issues confronted by JFK will resonate as we face many of the same issues (recast today) - distrust of the US, US/USSR confrontation, intolerance, the economy, etc. The building is beautiful. It is actually quite easy to get to and from on public transportation... More

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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

JFK was president during my early teens so was part of my history. It was good to be reminded of this era and it's events and all was very well presented. I liked the reconstructions of some of the areas of the White House at the time. The museum is also beautifully sited and easily reached by a combination of... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We have visited two other Presidential Libraries- George W Bush in Dallas and Jimmy Carter in Atlanta. We enjoyed the other two and found that there was a lot of information in them. This museum let me down. I felt like it lacked information on JFK, one of the more "famous" presidents we've had. The exhibit area seemed to be... More

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Clinton, Iowa
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We have been to at least four other presidential library. Had high expectations and felt underwhelmed. While the setting of the modernistic building on the water is beautiful, inside is rather stark. It has more the feel of you are reading inscriptions in the marble instead of exhibits. While there are some interactive exhibits it seemed rather sparse in comparison.... More

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Iowa
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

This museum is in a beautiful setting and full of history! I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in history, whether Democrat, Republican, Independent or what ever. I was a baby when President Kennedy was killed. While I am a fan of history, I was really pleased with the exhibits they had on some things, i.e. the... More

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California
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

A great nostalgic look back at history. The details, the photos, the movies are all great. Loved it.

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