John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library & Museum, Boston

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Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125 617-514-1550

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    JFK Library and Museum

    by travelfrosch Updated Jan 9, 2014

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    This striking building, designed by I.M. Pei, houses the Presidential Library of John F. Kennedy. At the library's museum, you are immersed in a multimedia presentation of the the former President's campaign for the Presidency, as well as his accomplishments during his tragically abbreviated term of office.

    Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for college students and senior citizens 62 years of age and older, $9 for children 13-17 years old, free for children 12 and under. Group discounts available. Credit cards accepted.

    The museum is open daily from 9AM - 5PM. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

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    VISIT THE JFK LIBRARY & MUSEUM

    by Rich62 Updated Dec 11, 2012

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    PREPARE TO BE TAKEN BACK IN TIME at the JFK Library/Museum. JFK would be 96 years old this year (2013) if he had lived and if my math is right.

    The most touching area is at the end of the tour when you face a black wall with gold letters that say "November 22, 1963." Then you enter a totally black hallway and confront the images from that day. I remember where I was when I heard the news, do you?

    There is also a nice cafeteria in the complex and a gift shop.

    THE 60'S COME TO LIFE AGAIN ENTRANCE AREA HOT OFF THE PRESS, ONLY 50 YEARS AGO OR SO? STATE BY STATE RESULTS ARE POURING IN..... A SLICE OF THE BERLIN WALL
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    Kennedy Library

    by apbeaches Written Jul 15, 2008

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    The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library and museum of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. It is located on Dorchester's Columbia Point in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, next to the Boston campus of the University of Massachusetts. It was designed by the architect I. M. Pei. The building is the official repository for original papers and correspondence of the Kennedy Administration, as well as special bodies of published and unpublished materials, such as books and papers by and about Ernest Hemingway. The library and museum were dedicated in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter and members of the Kennedy family.

    The library's first floor features a museum containing video monitors, family photographs, political memorabilia, and partial replicas of the Kennedy Oval Office and his brother Robert F. Kennedy's office at the Department of Justice Building, which has been named for him. Two cinemas show an orientation film, and a third shows a documentary on the Cuban Missile Crisis. Other galleries display changing temporary exhibits. Outside the library during the spring, summer and fall is Kennedy's sailboat, Victura.

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    Return again and again

    by Pawtuxet Updated Mar 31, 2008

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    Located at the water's edge beside the University of Massachusetts, the IM Pei building is an impressive structure. It's so open and filled with light...which says something about the presidency of Kenendy. Those were the days of Camelot. The young family...beautiful wife, eloquent young president who inspired the youth of the country. There was magic to it all. The Library/Museum brings that feeling to the visitor and transposes you into a place of hope idealism. You can forget the errors or bad habits of the real man and live with that charming Irish smile and quick wit.
    SEE TRAVELOGUE FOR INTERIOR PICS OF EXHIBITS ~ SPEACHES ~ OLD TV BROADCASTS

    IM Pei's signature style...the sharp angle Mary Jane lost in thought Looking out to the bay from the lobby
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    The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

    by Paul2001 Updated Oct 3, 2007

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    Located in a majestic I.M. Pei designed building is the utterly fascinating John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. This museum a superb tribute to President Kennedy that I think everyone should visit regardless of their political stance.
    John F. Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States and this museum tells the story behind the man and his administration. Upon passing the admissions desk you enter a small theatre where you can see a 17 minute movie narrated by Kennedy himself which documents his life up until his run for the White House. You then descend into the main floor of the museum and proceed through various chambers which tell you about the election of Kennedy and about the legacy of his administration. I found this all highly interesting as old TV film are used showing the 1960 Democratic convention, the debates against Nixon and election night. There are also life size dioramas that illustrate the times with depictions of the average home the America of 1960. Other exhibits capture the crucial moments of the Kennedy administration such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the beginning of manned space flight. There is of course a great deal about the glamour of the administration and the first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Finally you enter a black room where you see television coverage of the assissination of President Kennedy and the funeral that followed. It is all very moving.
    The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm. It cost $10.00 for adults to visit.

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    More Than A Museum

    by Barbie2138 Written Jul 29, 2007

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    On my 5th trip to Boston, I finally visited the JFK Museum and Library. I was not disappointed. The grounds are beautiful. I visited in July and flowers greeted me at the entrance to this massive structure. Getting through the exhibits is easy. Most are narrated by the voice of JFK himself; his speeches and interviews. To see and hear him again brought tears to my eyes. So many thoughts came to mind. But overall, I kept asking myself what if. What if this great leader had lived? Many have tried to muddy the legacy of this phenomenal man. I say, get in touch with his legacy, the speeches he left behind. He inspred all to reach for a higher calling. We have yet to see the kind of leadership and vision Kennedy embodied. I miss him all over again.

    The museum entrance Campaign memorabilia inside the museum JFK's sailboat Ich Bin Ein Berliner! Part of the wall that was John Fitzgerald Kennedy
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    Revisit Jack Kennedy

    by Pawtuxet Updated Oct 26, 2006

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    My favorite museum/library in Boston is the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum. I still remember the first time we visited when it was first opened. We had a car full of our young children at the time and I had to plead with everyone to "just stop for a few minutes and check it out." Ha! We were there for a couple of hours. Everyone loved it. Of course the story is sort of fairy tale...but that charisma that Kennedy had to inspire the nation ... grabs you again in this Presidential Library. His sailboat sits outside a 3 story window at the water side of the museum...dramatic in its simplicity. There are interactive television clips of his news interviews...personal photos of family. . . his presidential desk w/ datebook left open to the page with the appt. in Dallas. A time line helps you to understand the things going on around the world during his lifetime. The design of the museum is excellent. From the opening movie introducing you to the museum...to the last door... he's got you. He always did.

    The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation's thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world.
    Located on a ten-acre park, overlooking the sea that he loved and the city that launched him to greatness, the Library stands as a vibrant tribute to the life and times of John F. Kennedy.
    Come tour our Museum which portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service.

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    Outstanding Museum

    by jasperdo Written Jun 17, 2006

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    While most of Boston's history is understandably centered around the American Revolution, there is another Native Son that tends to be forgotten in the shuffle. John F. Kennedy was born in neighboring Brookline, Mass. His boyhood home there is maintained by the Park Service. And his Presidential Library and Museum is located on a point of land just south of Downtown Boston. Whatever you political affiliation, this is a superb museum that focuses on the Presidential years of JFK. It begins with a short film narrated by Kennedy himself. Upon leaving the theater, you are put right into the 1960 Presidential Campaign. You get to watch the Nixon - Kennedy debate, follow the Election Eve results. From there you enter the White House and explore such topics as the Peace Corps, the Space Program and the Cuban Missle Crisis. After which you walk through a darkened hallway with small TV screens showing Walter Cronkite describing the events of November 22, 1963. At the end of the hall is a quote from Kennedy: "A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on." From there you enter a room showcasing JFK's Legacy, followed by an impressive 115 foot glass atrium. A very well done and moving exhibit.

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    Great Museum

    by lynmur Written May 23, 2006

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    The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of America's thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world.
    Located on a ten-acre park, overlooking the sea that he loved and the city that launched him to greatness, the Library stands as a vibrant tribute to the life and times of John F. Kennedy.
    Tour the Museum which portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President.
    Students and scholars can also arrange to conduct research using our collection of historical materials chronicling mid-20th century politics and the life and administration of John F. Kennedy.
    The museum was great - we really enjoyed it here. We went first thing in the morning and pratically had the place to ourselves.

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    JFK Library

    by Iwantoseeitall Written Apr 9, 2003

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    JFK, 35th United States President, changed our world. I feel the world is a worse place without him - whether you agreed with his views or not. The JFK museum is magnificent way to find out if you agree with that or not.

    I was too young to know much about JFK - I just knew my parents had always been struck by who he was and what he stood for - a feeling that crystallised with his assassination; his death occurring before he had really begun to deliver his vision.

    Whatever your political viewpoint, creed, race or religion - the JFK Museum (officially titled the "John F. Kennedy Library ") provides a fascinating, rich insight into the public and private life of one of America greatest men. True the museum clearly presents a less than impartial view of JFK - but that bias somehow added to the experience for me - made me feel what it must have been like. You were either with him or against him.

    The museum offers a chronological walk through the photos, audio, news and TV archives of his life. I thought I would get bored but became ever more entranced by his youth and vigour for what he believed in.

    The presidential campaign is very well handled and almost comes to life as you are immersed in the archives of broadcast debates.

    We bought a ticket there that allowed us to see several of Boston's other big attractions and resulted in a discount price. Whether this works for you depends on the time you have there and whether the other attractions interest you.

    The JFK Museum is in my humble opinion both unmissable and inspiring.

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    When it is open?
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    Open 9 AM to 5 PM, every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year?s Day.

    What it costs?
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    Admission is
    $6 for adults
    $4 for seniors and students
    $2 for children aged 6 to 15
    Children under age 6 are admitted free of charge

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    JFK Library - opened Oct. 20,...

    by Pamela_Peace Written Sep 2, 2002

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    JFK Library - opened Oct. 20, 1979, this monument was designed by I.M. Pei. It sit majestically on the point of Dorchester Bay and harbors a magnificent view of the Boston skyline. It houses a wealth of JFK memorabilia - documents, photographs, and tapes. Available for gala events, a wonderful setting.

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    John Fitzgerald Kennedy Museum

    by acemj Written Aug 25, 2002

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    One of the attractions of this museum is the building itself, designed by the famed architect I.M. Pei. The museum tour begins with an interesting room that has photographs and letters JFK. There's a great letter there in which a very young Kennedy is writing to his parents making the case for an increase in his allowance. Then, there is a short film which documents his life up until the presidential campaign of 1960. The rest of the museum picks up at this point and has many interesting items from the remainder of his life until his tragic assassination.

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    Interesting museum all about JFK

    by PavlH Written Dec 4, 2012

    Very interesting exhibits and introductory film.

    Topics include the space race, Cuban missile crisis, run up to the election fro President and many more.

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    JFK Museum

    by vpbebe Written Oct 14, 2005

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    Gives a tour showing memorabilia and photographs through the life of the late president John F Kennedy who was born in Boston.

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