The John F Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum at Columbia Point in Boston offers a fascinating insight into the impact that President Kennedy had on the USA and the world at large. It tells the story of his life, right from childhood through to becoming the 35th president of the USA. Along the way, there are some stand out exhibits, interactive displays and even re-creations of rooms in the White House. We enjoyed both the contents of this museum and also its architecture, especially the huge glass atrium.
Your visit will begin with an introductory film in a specially constructed theatre, which uses JFK’s own words and vintage footage to tell his story. Afterwards, you exit into the main museum area and follow the story of the election in 1960 before seeing re-creations of the Oval Office and the Attorney General’s office, displays about the First Lady and the Kennedy family. You then enter the gift shop and atrium/pavilion. We really enjoyed our visit and learnt a lot about JFK along the way. We did feel that it was a somewhat sanitised view of Kennedy though and some of the allegations levelled against him, were not even mentioned.
We thought the museum was well worth the ride to get to Columbia Point. On clear days, there are some terrific views of the harbour too. The museum is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm with the exception of New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The last introductory film of the day is at 3.55 pm. Adult admission is $14 (2016 prices).
LOCATION & CONTACT
Address: The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125, United States.
Tel: +1 866 JFK 1960 or +1 67 514 1600
Take the MBTA Red line to JFK/UMASS Station and catch the free shuttle bus.
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