John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library

John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library

John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library
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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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  • Mike D
    6 contributions
    Worth the time if you have an extra day
    Interesting and appropriate for our times. i know the presidential libraries will be the best presentation of the President but would prefer a more honest look at the good, bad and ugly. We were just getting to the point where we don't have to worship these great men but can appreciate their accomplishments with their faults. Price drops from $18 to $5 at 2:45. I would recommend checking the time of the last movie (3:15 now) and going at 2:45, visiting for 30 minutes, catch the movie and visit more for 30 minutes until it closes at 4PM. it is a 1.2 mile walk from the T so factor that in. Would have gotten a 5 if the person at the desk was a little friendlier.
    Written July 12, 2022
  • countingmomma
    Johnson City, Tennessee186 contributions
    Enjoyed the library
    We spent about four hours at the museum on a rainy day. This was our fifth presidential library. I appreciate the films providing information ahead of the exhibits - the first one and the one about the Cuban missile crisis were especially good. During our visit there was also a special exhibit about the First Children and it was good, but that song that kept repeating grew annoying. We also appreciated seeing JFK’s boat on display outside. From the city of Boston, we rode the subway and then rode the bus that circles UMass’s campus to get to the library - easy access.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2022
  • Ryan
    Lodi, California140 contributions
    Historically Must See In Boston
    I made it a point to visit the JFK Presidential Museum while in Boston and it didn't disappoint. The history here that is on display is amazing. If you are a fan of history and especially this time period you will enjoy this museum. The displays are really interesting from the look of the rooms in the White House to the Space Program. While you are there you get a real sense of the time period and the many issues facing that administration. The location of the museum is also really nice being right on the harbor. If you go outside you can view the city and see the jets constantly flying over your head into Logan. This is really a very interesting museum and worth the visit if you love history.
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 24, 2023
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kukla919
Bedford Hills, NY41 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
The films, photographs, recordings and items were beautifully and respectfully presented. Without a time warning for closure, 2 to three staff came up behind us at 3:45 yelling “please walk to the exit-the museum is closing.” I thought closing was 5 but even at 4…give me a break! At 3:50 I had to squeeze through partially opened gate to browse the gift shop only to be yelled at as soon as I got there. Yuck
Written July 8, 2022
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Big red mom
Orlando, FL1,094 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
The library has limited hours so be sure to check the times. Plan for 1 1/2 to 2 hours to see the library. You can purchase tickets online which makes the entrance easy. I recommend starting with the introductory film for 20 minutes . The library has lots to see and read . The movies and pictures are exceptional. The gifts to the Kennedy were fun to see and read about for all ages . The family carefully tells the story and focuses on JFK’s contribution to America which is refreshing . If weather permits, check out the sailboat and harbor . The library was a little run down needing some paint and cleaning . It was a delightful afternoon visit .
Written July 16, 2022
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jeannie410
Orlando, FL21 contributions
Jul 2021
Just recently reopened. This is a fascinating museum, especially for anyone who is a Kennedy fan and remembers that era, as well as those interested in history and politics. The harbor views behind the library are also worth seeing. Right now, they are only allowing a limited number of people through timed entry tickets, so be sure to get your tickets in advance.
Written August 12, 2021
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out-of-here-arizona
Sun City West, AZ215 contributions
Sep 2022
This museum is on the University of Massachusetts campus, very easy to get to using public transportation. My husband and I booked the first tour of the day and spent about 3 hours in the museum. The tour starts with an introductry video about JFK, from there guests are ushered into the museum itself. The museum is well laid out, easy to navigate, signage is well written and easy to understand.

I was 8 years old when JFK was assissinated but still remember where I was and what I was doing. His assissination, which is something that should not be forgotten, was a tremendous loss to not only the USA but the world.

This museum is a must see, better than any history lesson we had in school.
Written September 27, 2022
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katethax
Saint Louis, MO82 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
First off, I’ll warn you to get tickets ASAP if you plan on going because they are limited right now due to COVID and go fast, especially when large tour groups buy in bulk. However, my aunt called frequently to check if tickets had become available and the staff eventually called her to say that they had some become available! They were great and went out of their way to help us get in when we would be in town. I can’t speak highly enough of them. Secondly, it is not terribly easy to get to if you don’t have a car in the city. You have to take the Red line train from downtown and then get on a shuttle bus. It really isn’t walkable from the train. It wasn’t too hard for us, but I can see where it might get confusing for someone who isn’t used to navigating public transit. The museum itself was very informative and interesting. I learned a lot and really enjoyed looking at the artifacts. The interactive exhibits and videos aren’t all up and running yet due to COVID, but it was still interesting. It took us about 2 hours to go through the whole museum and watch the video at the beginning.
Written September 28, 2021
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Jan_from_Atlanta
Atlanta, GA954 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
My third Presidential library visit. The part about his early life is interesting and the Cuban Missile Crisis film is exceptional. The rest...just o.k. There is little signage so you'll need the map to figure out where you are. Nice location on the water. Go to the LBJi library in Austin if you want to see one done right.
Written September 9, 2022
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LAFFSTOP
Mission Viejo, CA209 contributions
Jun 2022
Born into a life of luxury derived from a successful New England family, this man instead opted for a life of public service.

The library set along the scenic Boston harbor shoreline; chronicles the life of the immediate JFK 's generational family.

The museum docents are more than welcoming and are proud to show off and explain the many facets of the museum.

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Written June 24, 2022
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Nate080411
Nashua, NH871 contributions
Aug 2022
This is a great stop for anyone who is visiting or living in the area. It will only take you about 1.5/2 hours, so it won't chew up an entire day. There is typically enough parking on site so you don't have to worry about that logistical pain or cost. The museum is pretty interactive and has a lot of videos for those who don't like to read everything. Being someone who was not alive during his presidency I found it to be very interesting and I didn't feel like I couldn't relate or understand the messaging that they were communicating. I would recommend packing a lunch and having a bite to eat outside next to the Library along the waterfront. It was a great choice before continuing with our activities in the city.
Written August 20, 2022
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Simon R
Cardiff, UK94 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
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 one.

A well presented, extremely interesting experience that emphasises the significant contribution that JFK made to both US and Global history.

Would definitely recommend
Written December 24, 2022
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Lee L
Valhalla, NY1,798 contributions
Oct 2022
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 Museum across the street.

It is a timed ticket mine was at 10 and I arrived early. Before you go in to watch the film which starts off the museum, they have some exhibits on the president's early life.

After you watch the film you go thru the exhibits which carry you thru the Presidential Campaign, his 3 years as President and his assassination. The last room reflects on his legacy. They have some short films and other exhibits with televised and recorded things that happened during his career.

The only negative I would say, though it is a Presidential Library, is that it has very little focus at all, outside the film, about his life before deciding to run for President. Worth a trip if in town.
Written January 2, 2023
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