John F. Kennedy library & museum visit

John FitzgeraldJackKennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963) was one of the most important presidents in the U.S. history.   He was also the beloved son of Boston, MA.  This museum was built by famous architect I. M. Pei and dedicated in 1979.  It the official repository for original papers and correspondence of the Kennedy Administration.

The surrounding area outside of the museum is quite pretty.  We even saw a couple taking engagement photos while we were there.

The website of the museum boasts a cafe with lovely view looking over harbor, but the cafe itself looks just okay.  You’d probably have more fun bringing your own picnic and just sit outside in a nice day.

Front view of JFK museum

JFK museum surrounding green

The flow of the museum is designed to show you a short video of Kennedy’s life first.  It’s quite useful if you are like me, who knows very little about that part of the history and the guy.


After going through a gallery with campaign materials before JFK’s election, we walked through this hall way with small side galleries, each filled with different important events during his presidency.  This hallways has a lot of pictures of the various events during the administration.  There are also presents from various foreign dignitaries on display as well.


Cuban missile crisis!  Satellite map image.

Left:  Astronaut suit for the space program during Kennedy’s presidency.

Right:  Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis inauguration outfit.


Presidential desk

JFK presidential desk

During her husband’s presidency, Jacqueline Kennedy became a symbol of fashion for women all over the world.  This exhibit mimics her wardrobe in the White House.

Inside of the black cube of the museum looks amazing.  The structure is made with black steel and covered in glass.  You can see through the glass for more wonderful view of the harbor.

More views of the lobby…

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JFK museum inside the black glass structure   

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