John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library

John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library
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Key Info

Columbia Point

Price & Hours

$14 for adults; $10 for kids 13-17; free for children 12 and younger
9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Details

Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

A must for any history buffs or fans of our nation's 35th president, this excellent library and museum details the life and times of President John F. Kennedy. Exhibits include his presidential papers; masses of Kennedy memorabilia, including re-creations of his desk in the Oval Office and of the television studio in which he debated Richard M. Nixon in the 1960 election; and even his 26-foot sailboat. In addition, there's also a permanent display on the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; a re-creation of the office Robert Kennedy occupied as attorney general from 1961 to 1964; and exhibits detailing the space program, gifts from heads of state and more. The building itself is quite striking and was designed by architect I. M. Pei.

Recent visitors said that while the museum is off the beaten path (it sits on Columbia Point in the city's Dorchester neighborhood), it is well worth the trek thanks to the exhibits and staff.

The library is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $14 for adults and $10 for children ages 13 to 17; entry is free for kids 12 and younger. Visitors with the Go Boston Card enjoy free admission. The closest "T" stop is JFK/UMASS on the red line. From the station, you can take the museum's free shuttle bus. The bus runs every 15 minutes from the bus shelter on the ground level of the T station. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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