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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

Museums, History Dorchester
John F Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
© Elan Fleisher

A looming concrete-and-glass monolith designed by I.M. Pei (completed in 1979), this shrine to the life and work of the 35th U.S. President overlooks the harbor from the top of the Columbia Point peninsula. On the ground floor, the stunning atrium commands panoramic views of the sea and the city. Downstairs, the museum contains an extensive display of memorabilia, as well as a series of temporary shows. Presented as a series of multimedia retro room sets and visitor-friendly displays, the permanent exhibition comprises a timeline of Kennedy's rise to power (including excerpts from his famous televised campaign debate with Nixon, and documentary footage on the Cuban Missile Crisis), achievements (promoting the space race), his family life and reproductions of the Oval Office and the office of J.F.K.'s brother, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.

By: Time Out contributors


Venue name: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Address: Columbia Point
Cross street: Morrissey Blvd
Opening hours: Daily 9am-5pm
Transport: Red Line to JFK/UMass, then free shuttle bus
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