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John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library

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Address: Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125
Phone Number: 617 514 1600
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Relive the Kennedy era in this dynamic combination museum and library,...

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.

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Moving experience with fascinating exhibits

We couldn't have chosen better for our first visit to a Presidential library and museum. Easy to reach via the T and free shuttle bus. Beautiful building and great displays of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We couldn't have chosen better for our first visit to a Presidential library and museum. Easy to reach via the T and free shuttle bus. Beautiful building and great displays of iconic images and personal artefacts with informative descriptions.

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Warks,UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This really is a must see.Use red line and then free shuttle bus.Great harbour views and the musem was impressive in every way.Now need to read more on JFK

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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For someone who remembers the asaination of JFK, this is a walk back through history to a very different time. I feel the library does a great job of addressing many of the issues during his short time in office. A must for all ages to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The JFK library is not on the "usual" Boston tour list but don't miss it. Take the Red metro train to JFK/U Mass and then pick up the free shuttle bus (marked #2) right to the front door. The building is truly stunning and the museum exhibits are an excellent collection of video footage and items which trace JFK's life... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Only had an hour to experience this museum. Fantastic exhibits which brought you back to the time period with props, video. Saw many gifts given to President Kennedy and his wife by foreign dignitaries. Would return if in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The JFK Presidential Library is a must see in Boston for anyone interested in American politics and history. A wonderful encapsulation of JFK's life with film, memorabilia, and video of speeches that serve to inspire at a time when world leaders are in short supply. We loved JFK's favourite sailboat, 'Ventura' a 25' sloop and gift from his father when... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Interesting architectural structure and great flow to the exhibits. So wonderful to be able to visit this museum; liked the actual video footage that many exhibits had. This was a highlight of our trip to Boston.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was easy to get to, using the MBTA and then the free and frequent shuttle bus. There is a small cafe on site with scenic views of the harbour. Start with a film of his early family life and then move onto the highlights of his political career. There is much more focus on his life, family and political... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

An excellent museum, covered everything about JFK. A lot to see and learn about. even ate in the cafe , was decent food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Loved going back in time and history. I didn't realize just how close Kennedy came to losing. Active military get in free, but you have to read all the letters, signs and posters to really appreciate all the history. I could really send the whole day there and plan to do that on another trip. Also the cafe is reasonable... More 

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