John F. Kennedy Presidential Library And Museum

At the JFK Library, immerse yourself in an interactive timeline of his transformative presidency. Glimpse rare family photos and watch video clips of press interviews. The myriad of artifacts and exhibits beautifully illuminate his world.

  • Adult gate price $14.00
  • Child gate price $0.00
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Housed in a striking building designed by I. M. Pei, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (JFK Library) sits on a 10-acre waterfront site on Columbia Point, offering panoramic views of Boston's skyline and Harbor Islands. Twenty-five multimedia exhibits and period settings from the White House offer an exciting experience and create a stirring account of President Kennedy's days in office.

The museum poignantly demonstrates President Kennedy's enthusiasm and love for the American system of politics and government, and is a must-see for anyone interested in Kennedy and his family, life in America during the early 1960s, and Boston's connection to both. Here is a look at the permanent exhibits you can enjoy as you peruse this world-famous Presidential Library and Museum:

  • Campaign Trail: A look at then-Senator Kennedy’s campaign for the presidency in 1960 and his faceoff with Richard Nixon that featured the first live-broadcast television debates
  • The Briefing Room: This exhibit features video samples of JFK’s televised responses to reporters’ queries and exhibits of objects and documents illustrating the issues he dealt with as President. Also included at the JFK Library is his speech to the people of West Berlin denouncing the construction of the Berlin Wall
  • Space Program: A look at Freedom 7, the iconic space capsule that U.S. Navy Commander Alan B. Shepard, Jr. piloted on the first American manned flight into space The flight was the first to play out live on television, with millions of people sharing in the tension and excitement as the historic event unfolded before their eyes. (on view through 2015)
  • Attorney General’s Office: An examination of the relationship between JFK and his brother Robert Kennedy, who was appointed Attorney General at a time when the civil rights struggle was peaking
  • The Oval Office: This exhibit highlights the personal items displayed in the Oval Office during JFK’s presidency, a replica of his desk, and a his press conference on civil rights where his commitment to the cause of equal rights became a main thrust of his term in office.
  • First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy: A look at the elegant First Lady who used the prestige of her position to champion American arts and culture as well as a look at Jacqueline Bouvier, before she became the famed Mrs. Kennedy.
  • The Kennedy Family: This exhibit explores the roots of the historically political Fitzgerald and Kennedy stretching back to Ireland in the 1800s.
  • The Glass Pavilion: This nine- story glassed pavilion is where you complete your visit. It has stunning views of Boston and the Harbor Islands and is the perfect place to think about the potential of JFK’s presidency had it gone longer than 1000 days.

The JFK Library is a community landmark and nationally significant building that promotes the understanding and appreciation of America’s political and cultural heritage. It is well worth the visit!

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Must See
By Vacationer Verified Reviewer from Florida on
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Free parking, Educational
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum:

I have visited other presidential libraries and this is one of my favorites. They do a wonderful job of teaching you about who he was as a president and a person. I really didn't know as much as I thought I did about JFK after visiting his presidential library. I found it to be really interesting. They really did a great job of making you feel like you had gone back in time. Also, the library couldn't be in a better location! If able, you might want to plan to have lunch while you're there in their tiny cafe and just take it the view!

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Awesome museum
By Heidi Verified Reviewer from Belgium on
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History
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum:

This is a great museum if you want to learn more about the life of JFK and the other Kennedy members. At the end of the end of the exhibition you arrive in a great open space with an awesome view of the Boston skyline!

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One of the best Presidential libraries
By Hot Rod Rider Verified Reviewer from Staten Island, NY on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum:

My husband loves history, so we've been to a few other presidential libraries including the ones for Reagan and Roosevelt. This was just another to check off the list, but I can say it's been my favorite so far. The location on the water is simply stunning and I especially loved the section dedicated to Jackie. I think that no matter your political affiliation, you will find something rewarding here. After you've seen the Museum you can walk outside on the waterfront and get some great pictures.

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library And Museum Details

Phone: (617) 514-1600 or toll-free (866) JFK-1960

Address
Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125
Hours
Daily, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Closings
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Year's Day
All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.
  • Open year-round
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and Transportation

Address
Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125
Public Transportation
Take the T: Red Line to the JFK/UMASS stop. Take the JFK shuttle bus to the museum, which runs every 20 minutes
Driving Directions
I-93 North to Exit 14 (Morrissey Blvd.), then follow the signs to UMass & JFK. I-93 South to Exit 15 (Columbia Rd.) to Morrissey Blvd., then follow the signs to UMass & JFK. Free parking.

Admission and Offer Information

Getting In

Upon arrival, present your pass at the ticket desk (on your right) for entry.

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