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“Fascinating and informative” 5 of 5 stars
Review of John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library

John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library
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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 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.
London U.K.
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fascinating and informative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

You cannot visit Boston without also including the JFK Presidential Library. This was our third visit because there was a special exhibit for the 50th Anniversay of JFK's election. Also included were recorded memoirs from Jackie Kennedy released for the anniversay by Caroline Kennedy which were quite fascinating and gave a different slant on the short time spent in The White House. For those of us who were only teenagers when these momentous events happened it's incredible to believe how long has passed since we all thought the world would end with the Bay of Pigs.
It is quite thought provoking to wonder how world history was affected by the assasination and how things might have been had JFK and his brother Robert realised their destiny, even now I can remember that awful day, as can most people who were alive then. The library is well worth a visit - it's easy to get to with a free shuttle to and from the 'T' station, the memorabilia and photos are very thought provoking, we stood and listened to JFK's innaugural speech, and thought how little some things have changed and how relevant it still was all these years on. The site of the library is beautiful with a wonderful view right across to Boston over the water. You can certainly while away a couple of very interesting hours on a visit.

Visited November 2012
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“Takes me right back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Anyone who lived through Camelot and ensuing assisnation should make this a must see when in Boston. It is located south of city (not far) right on the water. The 3 story glass window to the water is breathtaking. By coincidence the day before was the 49th anniversary of JFK's assisination. I went with my 27 yr old son and he was impressed and moved.

Visited November 2012
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Acton, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great insight into JFK”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

This museum is right on the water - easy access and parking. It is very informative. The tour ends at a room with floor to ceiling glass that looks over the harbor and is beautifil.

Visited December 2011
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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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“A bit disappointed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We went here a few weeks after visiting the JFK Museum in Berlin and were disappointed, Compared to that and thenClinton Presidential Library, we thought we didn't really get a sense of this great President. The space is lovely-modern and attractive. Be advised: getting a taxi after visiting the museum can take a while.

Visited November 2012
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Berkshire, England
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“If you can find it, it's well worth a trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

We had a few hours in Boston and having been there before we decided to try and find something new to us.
We saw the museum and library on a map just across the bay from the airport so we walked there.
Nice walk around a little bay took us eventually to the museum which, from the outside looks like a white building with a glass annexe.
When you enter the museum, you see the huge open space and the equally huge Stars and Stripes hanging from the roof - very impressive.
First stop is a little cinema to get some background of JFK - then you exit by another door into the exhibition itself.
The exhibits are all in different rooms and you are guided through a treasure trove of historical artifacts from the Kennedy era when he was running for President.
There is much to see so leave a lot of time - there are even items from the race to space....

All in all, a very interesting place to go if a little out of the way from the main part of the city but well worth the trip.

Visited October 2012
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