When we travel, we are always on the alert for presidential landmarks. We have visited president’s birthplaces, homesteads, graves, and libraries. It is important for us to raise our kids with the background of where our country has come from and who the leaders are that have made it great. On one of our road trips a few years ago, we were able to visit and explore the JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. The JFK Library is a great way to get to know President John F. Kennedy!
Update May 2020: The museum is temporarily closed for in-person visits but you can still view the extensive media library exhibits on their website. Check here for current hours and opening information.
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Visiting the JFK Presidential Library
What do you know about President John F Kennedy? Many people only know about JFK’s assignation and not much else. But while we were touring his museum, we learned more about his early life.
Your Library tour begins in an open room dedicated to the early life of “Jack” as he was known. You then have the opportunity to watch a short film talking about his life and early political career leading up to the presidential convention.
As you wander through the Library and Museum you can see many of the gifts and artifacts that John and Jacqueline Kennedy received while they lived in the White House. There were also several dresses on display along with photos showing the occasions where they were worn.
One of John F Kennedy’s favorite things to do was spend time out on his sailboat, Victura. From May to October, President Kennedy’s 26′ sailboat Victura is on display on the grounds.
After touring the museum and library, take some time to enjoy the Boston skyline.
This is the second presidential library we have visited. A few years ago we had the opportunity to tour the Jimmy Carter Museum and Library. These libraries are a great way to learn about our their lives and time as our president.
Have you been here? What is your favorite memory of JFK?
Located on Columbia Point, on Boston’s waterfront, the JFK Library and Museum is set on a ten acre park landscaped with pine trees, shrubs and wild roses reminiscent of the landscape of Cape Cod familiar to President Kennedy.
Experience our Museum through our three theaters, period settings, and 25 dramatic multimedia exhibits, and enter the recreated world of the Kennedy Presidency for a “first-hand” experience of John F. Kennedy’s life, legacy, and leadership.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125
Toll free (866) JFK-1960