John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library

John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library

John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library
4.5
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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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • windy1875
    865 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bucket list
    We took the red line there were works ongoing so we had to get off at pre marked stop and get the bus the rest of the way, all very well organised. When the bus lets you off that’s where you get back on, don’t be fooled by the pick up sign at the actual library ! I really enjoyed this exhibition it’s all about his life before he was killed, albeit small nod to it at end of exhibition. Lovely walk outside where you could apparently walk all the way back to Boston but 1hr 20 plus in really warm weather didn’t suit us !
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 24, 2023
  • Dr Apurva Shah
    Ahmedabad District, India11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scintillating
    Excellent for history buffs. Very well maintained memoirs of JFK. The documentary moves ones'self to the world war era. One must book the ticket and timeslot beforehand. Ticket is around $18.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Chris P
    Wheaton, Illinois16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Best of Boston.
    This is the coolest museum I have ever been to in my life. I am a HUGE fan of JFK, so I am a little biased, but the immersive environments are truly unique and really well done. I laughed, cried, and am even inspired by all that this museum has to offer. I have gone twice and I greatly look forward to going again soon. If you are in Boston looking for something awesome to do, do this!!! It is very well priced and well worth the admission fee. Try to take one of their free public tours if you can, their guides are knowledgeable and offer so many things that the signs don’t say. If not, self-guided tours are just as fun and educational! Please go visit - you will not be disappointed.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Kate S
    Orlando, Florida130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice and well done museum
    I really enjoyed the museum. It is a beautiful building and the museum tells the story of Kennedy from his nomination for the Democratic Party to his legacy. Lots of neat artifacts and displays. We were there about 2 hours. If you are taking the T, take the red line to JFK/UMass and there is a shuttle that runs from there to the library and museum.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Lady_Tam
    Brisbane Region, Australia93 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good
    It's an interesting museum - unsurprisinly only showing the positive side of JFK - and he did a lot of goid things. Unfortunately the day I was there was very misty so I didn't see the supposed beautiful views. There was no vegan food on offer but the lovely cashier arranged a huge salad and hummus wrap for me which was very reasonably priced. He even came over to check I was enjoying it! I rode a blue bike to the museum- the bike rack is about 500m further along the road.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 2, 2023
  • njoireading247
    Johns Creek, Georgia355 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    History
    We did buy our tickets ahead of time, but you do not need to. There are videos at various exhibits as you move through the library and even narration by JFK. It does require some time to move through all the exhibits so plan accordingly. The Cuban Missile Crisis was very interesting as was the exhibit on his presidential run. A slice of history that should be remembered.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Heather H
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My favorite thing we did in Boston
    We were in Boston for 4 days and this was my favorite thing we did. We used a City Pass for admission. The displays were incredibly well thought out, informative and engaging. The artifacts displayed were plenty. The videos that were shown were like mini documentaries with footage I had never seen before. I highly recommend you take the short trip from Downtown Boston to check out this venue.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 6, 2023
  • AS6016
    Albany, New York240 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History at your fingertips
    To have a complete museum experience, one should go on a docent tour. Our experience came to life with our docent, wishing we could remember his name! He knew the complete family history and the nuisances of the Kennedy clan. The short videos are a must-see, but the cafe is not.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 11, 2023
  • cdgardner
    Collinsville, Illinois19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum
    We were staying in New Hampshire and decided to make the trip to Boston to visit the museum. Traffic to the museum was a nightmare. However, I’m so glad we made the trip. We spent over 4 hours in the museum and wished we could have spent more time. There is a lot to see and many videos to watch. There is a small cafe - we got clam chowder and a beefsteak sandwich - reasonably priced. If you are in Boston and have the time, I would strongly recommend this museum.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Al R
    Lansdale, Pennsylvania178 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Memories
    As I have said in other Presidential Library reviews, the purpose of any of these is to present the subject in the best possible light. From that perspective, the JFK Library meets that goal. This is a well presented, well curated overview of JFK's 2 ½ years in office. Arranged thematically, individual subjects are presented in alcoves off the main corridor which also has displays. Giving credit where it is due, there is less of a tendency to understate or ignore less noble outcomes than in some other Libraries (LBJ and Reagan come to mind). And, after living through November 22, 1963, we spent little time watching the presentations in that particular area. Overall, well worth the time and effort to visit. And, the Cafe isn't bad, just don't expect fine dining as some other reviewers seem too.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
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CHKV
Clifton Park, NY63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
There is so much to see on JFk & Jackie. Interesting exhibit on the 1960 debates and election. A must do for any JFK or Jackie buffs. We spent about 3 hours there.
Written May 2, 2024
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BhamDan1
Maine3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We grew up in the Boston area but had not been here for years, until we visited last week with our adult son. Phenomenal use of video throughout the museum to tell the story of our 35th president. And what a story it is — even if you leave out the events of 11/22/63 which this museum largely and thankfully does. It would be impossible to come away from the evidence presented here with a conclusion that JFK was an intellectual lightweight. We went to the Reagan Library a few years ago, and the facilities are equally impressive.
Written April 29, 2024
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Dawn G
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
After flying into Boston, we were looking for something to do in the city for a few hours and had never visited a presidential library and museum. It was very informative and emotional. There was so many issues facing our country during his lifetime and I came away with such an appreciation of his dedication, drive, and hopefulness.
Written April 26, 2024
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631BarbaraM
Inwood, WV206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Impressive and well laid out. The videos are especially helpful in understanding certain points in President Kennedy’s administration. The walk way through a White House hallway extends into specific displays all nicely put together. The current WWII exhibit is excellent focusing on historical points but displaying John Kennedy’s naval uniform and his brother Joe’s hat and last letter to his parents. Easily you will spend about 2-3 hours there. Definitely worth a visit.
Written April 16, 2024
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MartyParty4
Houston, TX1,646 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Took an Uber on a Sunday morning when the museum opened. It was not crowded. There are 2 movies to watch in the museum which are both really well done. It was interesting to read about JFK’s childhood and his thesis paper which turned into his booked called Profiles in Courage. We enjoyed the museum and spent over 2 hours here. You certainly could spend more time there.
Written April 14, 2024
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GoBluehose
Clinton, SC3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great exhibits and a fantastic facility. Spent 2.5 hours there; could have easily spent 4+ hours, if we had the time. Highly recommended.
Written March 15, 2024
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AdvisinAnnie
Oregon4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Terrific pre-flight topper to exploration of historic Boston. Exhibits are very well done and accessible to all. Movie vignettes are well-produced and engaging for kids and adults alike. Free parking and easy 2-hr pre-flight activity. Minutes from Logan Airport. Gift shop and “cafe” offer limited options - spend your time in the museum!
Written March 1, 2024
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Phil G
Huddersfield, UK61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Having been to the JFK Museum in Cape Cod I wasn’t prepared for the level of detail, information, memorabilia and footage this museum offers. From the initial video the tour offers, at times, personal and sad coverage of JFK’s life and time in office.
With the opportunity to peruse all the artefacts and stories meant I was able to complete the tour without being ushered along or on a timescale.
The entrance fee is very good value for money.
The coffee and cakes in the cafe are pretty good too.
A great day and well worth a visit.
Thank you.
Written February 12, 2024
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Colin H
Worcester, UK27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We visited as tourists rather than users of the Library. The Museum part is well presented and informative. Understandably it tends to focus on the positive aspects of JFK's life and career. Even so, the displays are attractive and the archival items that are shown (films, papers, scripts and personal items) give you a good overview of this remarkable man who was so cruelly taken in the prime of his life and his presidency.

The Museum staff are helpful and we were pleased to buy some items from the shop as tangible reminders of this highly enjoyable experience.
Written December 6, 2023
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Sandy W
Vancouver, Canada1,763 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is an excellent memorial to one of Americas greatest presidents. We took the 11:30 AM tour which lasted a full 90 minutes. The tour guide was excellent, providing information that is not recorded on the small cards and walls. However, if you suffer a back problem, like myself, and if you are unable to stand for long periods of time, you might end up just leaning against a wall. There are very few chairs inside the small rooms and there are many small rooms where the tour guide will take you. I suggested to the information desk that they provide more chairs as only one or two of the small rooms has a chair in it. There are some sofas located in the hallways, but the tour guides do not provide their descriptions in the hallways. Overall, an excellent experience. Try the Mediterranean salad and the clam chowder in the café. Both are reasonably priced and are excellent.
Written November 13, 2023
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