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John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library

Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125
+1 617-514-1600
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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.
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125
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US$72 per adult
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Reviewed today

We were not planning on visiting this museum as part of our itinerary but are so glad that we changed things around to be able to do so. We drove out of town and there is plenty of free parking. The museum is a beautiful...More

Thank LAW64
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Reviewed yesterday

This library is in a building built by I. M. Pei, the famous architect.. Very interesting collection of historical items, films, memorabilia from the Kennedy years. Must see.

Thank Michael K
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Reviewed yesterday

High recommend if visiting Boston. Take the Red Line to the UMASS stop and a shuttle will take you over. Plan on 2 hours at a minimum. I found it very interesting to consider the state of politics today and how it was for JKF...More

Thank David M
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was one of my favorite sights in Boston. The museum and library to JFK is beautifully done, as one would expect! It has such wonderful open spaces and the exhibits bring back good memories of a good man. Even though it is a bit...More

Thank OregonNancy
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very well done. We took the Red Line and enjoyed the free shuttle from the station to the library. Hope to visit as many libraries as possible.

Thank cpt
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The building is beautiful, with an unbelievable floor to sky view of Boston, Dorchester Bay and the ocean. That in itself makes it worth the visit. The introductory movie is excellent and worth taking in. JFK's own words narrate most of it. The exhibits themselves,...More

Thank jmkraemer
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is in a modern building - worth seeing alone for its architecture. It is on the seafront and is a pleasant location. Museum itself is excellent, educational and exciting

Thank Nicholas O
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a very well organized and beautifully displayed museum. You not only get insight into JFK's life and the Kennedy family, but it is also an excellent opportunity to learn more about US 20th century history. It does not dwell on JFK's tragic death,...More

Thank Sally S
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It's out a bit from Boston, but can take a T line there along with a short bus ride over to the Library. Gorgeous building. Starts off with a short movie on different aspects of Kennedy's history and then you are off to the tour....More

Thank TravelWithNic
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We have visited many other Presidential libraries and museums before. This one has been our least favorite. At the other museums/libraries, the truth is told whether it's "pretty" or not. Here, they don't even bother to discuss the controversial issues. A lot of information/history is...More

Thank bnj1984
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15 min by uber.....
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Response from idrbdub | Reviewed this property |
Depends on your interest level and who is in your party. We spent 2 and a half hours there. It’s not a large library as others say. However, for a history buff like me, I looked at everything. And spent time outside taking... More
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