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“Educational and Enjoyable”

John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library
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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.
Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Educational and Enjoyable”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Saw the Library on President's Day. There were a lot of children as it was also family day but it did not feel crowded. The exhibits are interesting, educational, authentic, and very accessible. You feel like you got to know JFK the person as well as the president. JFK and his family are put in historical perspective. The museum uses the voices and images of the time as well as authentic artifacts which makes you feel like you were in the moment. The setting at Columbia Point offers great views of Boston. The cost is very reasonable. This is a very well spent 3 hours.

Visited February 2013
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Northborough, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Being from Boston, and being alive during Camelot, I found the library wonderfull. Even just going for the view of the harbor is worth while. Any one interested in the life of JFK will love the library.

Visited March 2012
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Austin, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A classic look at JFK and Jackie Kennedy”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Having visited only three Presidential libraries, I can't compare this one to all 13 but it definitely embodies the spirit and strength of John F. Kennedy. Situated on a harbor overlooking the sea, the massive glass and stone building is impressive and serves as a fitting monument. My husband, an architect, especially enjoyed the unique design of the building with its modern lines and many windows.

Inside, there's much to learn about JFK and Jackie. The orientation film provides a helpful overview of his Presidency. We enjoyed seeing his desk and the Oval Office setting but resented being asked to pay to have our photo taken next to it and were told that we were not even allowed to photograph the desk unless we paid. The interior is laid out in rich colors that give the feeling of a White House interior, with chandeliers and carpet to match. Many images and videos and original drawings by Jackie give an insight into her complex character.

As tourists without a car, we were happy to be able to take the T to a nearby stop where a shuttle picked us up and dropped us off a short distance away from the library.

I returned with my son, a college student, and we enjoyed a simple lunch in the onsite cafe. Prices were reasonable and the sandwiches were tasty.

Overall, if you're in Boston, you shouldn't miss this historic site!

Visited September 2012
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Interesting visit”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Enjoyed a trip to the JFK Library. Worth the T and bus trip. Easy to find. A good 3 or 4 hours to be spent at library. Plenty to keep the interest; particularly enjoyed the history concerning Cuban Missile Crisis.

Well worth the trip out of town.

Visited December 2012
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Winslow, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Excellent Library”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

This library is one of America's best by far. Very large, very clean, and staffed with very friendly & knowledgeable persons! I highly recommend this library to anyone visiting Boston or the Greater Boston area!

Visited July 2012
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