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Review of John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum

John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum
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Ranked #4 of 33 things to do in Hyannis
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Owner description: The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation preserves and promotes the legacy of President Kennedy, his family, and their deep connection to Cape Cod. John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum is a multimedia exhibit designed to open a window on the days JFK spent on Cape Cod; days relaxing with family, days as President of the United Sates when the Cape provided a time to relax and be reinvigorated and days spent sailing on the ocean to which he was so constantly drawn. The Museum's exhibits features videos and photographs spanning the years 1934 to 1963 and is arranged in thematic groupings to reflect John F. Kennedy, his family, his friends and the Cape Cod he so dearly loved. In addition to photography, a video narrated by Walter Cronkite depicts the president's experiences on the Cape. Several themed areas include charged oral histories of JFK's friends.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
La Salle, Colorado
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“Cape Cod Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

We visited this museum and even though it was small it was loaded with photographs and stories of the Kennedys growing up in Hyannis all the way through JFK's presidential years. It was very informative and located right in old town like you you were walking down the street in the 1950's.

Visited September 2013
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“JFK's Early Years In Hyannis”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

Wonderful photos and history of JFK years spent on the Cape. Worth a visit. Photos include the entire Kennedy family from the 1920's through JFK as President of the US.

Visited August 2013
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Dover, New Hampshire
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“JFK’S CAPE COD LIFE”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014

The JFK Hyannis Museum is in the old Town Hall in downtown Hyannis.

As you approach the museum entrance, you encounter a statue of a casually-dressed President Kennedy walking barefoot through beach sand and grass. The statue sets the tone for what to expect inside.

Admission fees include TWO MUSEUMS: JFK Museum and Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame. 2013 fees were:
Adults over age 18: $8.00
Seniors over 65: $4.00
Children ages 10-17: $3.00
Children under age 10: free

The museum presents JFK’s life as a vacationer on Cape Cod at the Kennedy Compound in the nearby Village of Hyannis Port where spent leisure time relaxing with family, playing touch football with family and PT109 buddies, and sailing.

When in Hyannis Port, his passions were the sea and his 26-foot sailboat Victura, a Wianno Senior, which was a gift from his parents on his 15th birthday. Although he had his two presidential vessels---the 92-foot Honey Fitz, a large yacht named after his maternal grandfather, and the 1937 Marconi-rigged yawl named Manitou, a 62-foot Spakman & Stephens, his favorite was always Victura. It allowed him to be alone with his thoughts and the sea. Victura is not at the Hyannis museum but at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Dorchester, MA.

Although small, this museum presents many aspects of the personal side of our 35th president and his family. His high energy, zest for life, and love of family are all evident in the exhibits.

Themed museum exhibits feature over several dozen photographs from 1934 to 1963. There is a video narrated by Walter Cronkite about JFK’s experiences on the Cape Cod.

One exhibit is a statue titled “What Might Have Been” which depicts JFK with his son JFK, Jr. as an adult. It was very sad to look at that because both died so young, so tragically, and so needlessly.

Several photos and exhibits brought back my memories of the Kennedy Camelot Era and visits and vacations to Cape Cod from my family's South Shore home during that time.

The Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame is located in the lower level. It was founded in 2001 with classes dating from 2000. The museum features plaques for all the inductees, plus memorabilia from the 10 teams in the league. There are old photos and the original charter of the Cape Cod League. One exhibit featuring autographed baseball bats and baseballs with corresponding Major League cards is displayed in cases. It shows the connection between the Cape Cod League and Major League Baseball. Many inductees played or coached in the majors. As a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan, I found this museum interesting.

Last but not least is the gift shop which has a wide variety of merchandise relating to the Kennedys and Cape Cod.

Away from John F. Kennedy Museum, you'll find the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial Park off Ocean Street in Hyannis. It is adjacent to Veterans Memorial Park. It contains a memorial to President Kennedy overlooking the Lewis Bay waterfront. It was a project to honor JFK by Barnstable citizens in 1966. The memorial includes a fountain which visitors also use as a wishing well and a field-stone monument with the presidential seal and an inscription quoting JFK. It reads:
"I believe it is important that this country sail and not sit still in the harbor."

JFK’s love of the sea and sailing came out in his speeches and everyday language.

JFK's love for Cape Cod prompted him to establish the Cape Cod National Seashore in August 1961 to protect some of the natural beauty, ecosystems, and natural habitats from overdevelopment and to preserve a large tract of land, woods, ponds, and seashore for future generations to enjoy. Cape Cod National Seashore is another attraction to add to your itinerary.

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Visited June 2013
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Brooklyn, New York
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“flashback”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

we loved seeing all the old photos of the Kennedy Clan and JFK's life/death. We relived history which was wonderful for my teenager who is a history buff.

Visited August 2013
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“So Meaningful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

Hubby and I have visited the JFK Library in Boston, of course, but since we were in the Hyannis area in November, just a few days before the 50th commemoration of JFK's death, we made a point of stopping into this quaint, very delightful museum. We were delighted with the offerings. It wasn't busy so we were able to stroll around at our leisure. All the exhibits relate to JFK's time on Cape Cod and the museum has done an excellent job of commemorating all of it. Short videos punctuated the exhibits, there was lots to read, and we felt the entire exhibition evoked a feeling of a different time, and brought back many memories. Well with a visit if you're in the Hyannis area. There's free parking behind the museum, and the entry fee was only a few dollars.

Visited November 2013
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