AAA Editor Notes
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is on Columbia Point next to the campus of the University of Massachusetts; take I-93N exit 14 or I-93S exit 15 to Morrissey Blvd., following signs. Through multimedia exhibits and period settings at the nation's official memorial to President Kennedy, visitors learn about the life and legacy of the 35th president of the United States. A 17-minute introductory film using vintage film footage and audio recordings of President Kennedy's voice affords visitors an in-depth perspective of the Massachusetts native and his path to the White House.
Designed by architect I.M. Pei, the museum's dramatic structure houses an impressive collection that includes photographs, historical documents, campaign memorabilia, replicas, Kennedy family belongings and other items. Among the most poignant gallery spaces are The Oval Office, featuring furnishings used by President Kennedy, and November 22, 1963, which documents JFK's assassination and funeral. The achievements of Jacqueline Kennedy also are described in The First Lady exhibit space, while Office of the Attorney General educates visitors about Robert F. Kennedy's role as the 64th U.S. Attorney General (1961-64).
JFK's sailboat, the Victura, is on the lawn of the 10-acre waterfront site, which offers panoramic views of the city skyline and the Boston Harbor Islands.
Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.