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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.
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Give yourself an entire afternoon if you want to watch and read every detail of this history rich library. Even if you have studied JFK and his presidency there is sure to be something new for you here.

Thank HavanaBob
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

The JFK Museum and Library was one of my favourite places during our trip to Boston.
It is well laid out, so that you get a sense of the times when Kennedy was president - the cold war, the space race and the racial tensions - and therefore of the importance of the decisions he had to make.
The array of memorabilia from all periods of his life - from his childhood to beyond his death - was incredible. I particularly like seeing the handwritten notes and annotated speeches, and the quotes on the wall from Jackie.
Well worth the visit.

Thank sueguinane
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

This museum offers visitors a great experience. This was a troubled but amazing time in history and the museum provides a close up look at both the personal life and the presidency of JFK

Thank debbie h
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

We were really looking forward to our visit to the JFK library during our stay in Boston. The short film and artifacts were quite moving and worth the price of admission, but the customer service left a lot to be desired. Upon our arrival a stone-faced, older gentleman gave us our tickets and told us that a short introductory film would begin in about five minutes. He told us to wear a sticker he had given us while we were in the museum. We made a quick visit to the bathroom in the foyer so as not to miss any of the film. Moments later when we returned to the ticket area next to the entrance to the theatre.. the same man actually yelled at us for not wearing our stickers! We are in our 40's. He yelled at us like we were three teens busted for trying to sneak in without paying. It was late in the afternoon and we were the only ones in the ticket area. He wasn't trying to manage a massive crowd of travelers spilling off a tour bus. Surely, he remembered us paying admission just a few minutes prior. He needs a tutorial on how to treat paying customers.

The artifacts (The Kennedy family bible, JFK's rocking chair, Jackie's dress, campaign buttons) were exquisite. The museum is well laid out and worth a visit to get a taste of Camelot. Makes you wonder what could have been. Leave lots of time to read what the museum has to offer. Two hours at a minimum is necessary.

They close promptly at 5pm. An announcement is made 15 minutes prior to the museum closing. At 5pm sharp a big, burly, armed guard, from a private security company, came through barking at everyone to move up the stairs and to the exit. I know he has a job to do, but he could have been just a little nicer to everyone. People were rolling their eyes as they made their way out of the museum. It put a damper on our experience.

As a history buff, I loved the museum.. but, again, the customer service left a lot to be desired. I wish I could give the museum displays an "Excellent" rating and customer service "Terrible"... so I arrived in the middle with an "Average".

Oh, and if you visit? Remember to wear your sticker.

1  Thank TravelLoversRichmond
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

The legacy of JFK is well and truly enshrined in this museum. It is a very large and open site and not at all museum (to use an awful word). The experience will leave a lasting impression on anyone who remembers when he was assassinated or any student of modern US domestic history. The exhibits are excellently displayed via a range of audio visual devices and cannot fail to make an impact.
We found the staff very friendly and helpful and were a little surprised not to see more people there. It is not centrally situated (you have to plan to visit - you won't just stumble across it) but certainly adds another dimension to a visit to a great city.

Thank Mike H
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