JFK Presidential Library

Just a few minutes’ walk from our house, the Boston campus of the University of Massachusetts sits along the Boston waterfront, sparkling blue, a beautiful place for a walk, run, or bike ride.

UMASS Boston

I spent some of my winter marathon training running around the campus, but other than that I don’t spend much time there. Yesterday I decided to change that by paying my third visit to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. With the weather being amazing, it was the perfect day to take a walk by the ocean, and being it was St. Patrick’s Day, the museum was actually offering a discount. 

I arrived at the museum, bought my ticket, got my camera out (sans flash), and started to explore. First I visited the special visit marking the anniversary of JFK’s inauguration. You’ll see that I got behind the podium to give my inaugural speech Smile

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JFK Library JFK Library

Then I started through the permanent exhibits, beginning with the campaign for President.

JFK Presidential Library

Through to the election

JFK Presidential Library

JFK Presidential Library JFK Presidential Library

The next exhibit was the inauguration, including Jacqueline Kennedy’s inauguration dress. While the entire museum is inspiring, I have a certain soft spot for Jackie Kennedy’s fashion and other items.

Jacqueline Kennedy inauguration dress

The food blogger in me had to take a photo of the inaugural luncheon menu. I was happy to see New England stuffed lobster on there!

JFK inauguration menu

I love this image of JFK and RFK at the White House.

JFK and RFK

After that, I moved on to the exhibit dedicated to Jacqueline Kennedy.

Jacqueline Kennedy clothing

It contains some clothing and many articles about this elegant and much-loved First Lady.

 

 

 

Jacqueline Kennedy clothing

Jacqueline Kennedy Jacqueline Kennedy

The walls are lined with photographs of Jacqueline’s life, including the gorgeous photos above of her debut to Newport society and her reading with daughter Caroline.

JFK in Ireland

Next up was the JFK in Ireland exhibit. Once a special exhibit all its own, it now has a smaller piece of real estate in the museum, but it is pretty moving and special.

JFK in Ireland

In the same room hangs a large photo of the entire Kennedy family. The museum is certainly a great place for people who love old photographs.

JFK Library

The museum then turns dark, with a tunnel of television screens featuring Walter Kronkite’s broadcast the day of President Kennedy’s assassination.

JFK Library

It is followed by a room showing photos of Kennedy memorials and tributes around the world.

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The exhibits end with portions dedicated to the late Senator Edward Kennedy, Teddy to us in Massachusetts and the Profiles in Courage award.

The main area of the museum is absolutely stunning. I want someone I know to get married there. With a view of the bay where blue sky meets beautiful ocean, it is a place that is peaceful and uplifting.

JFK Library

JFK Library

Thus concluded my tour of the JFK Presidential Library. I followed it with a long walk along the water, raising my face to the sun and not caring a bit if I got burnt, just for one day. I honestly felt like it would never be warm again. I am back to loving New England.

Have you ever been to the JFK Presidential Library?

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    There are so many great things to do in Boston and the JFK Museum is just one of them. I have lived in the city for eight years and there’s still a lot of things I haven’t done…I’ve got to add this to the list!

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  2. Elizabeth’s avatar

    It looks like such a great museum! I’ve always wanted to go. Great you went when there was a discount. The admission price always seemed rather steep.

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  3. Megan’s avatar

    What a great way to spend the day. I’ve never been there before.

    I also spent plenty of time walking around, raising my face to the sun, soaking in as much of it as possible.

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  4. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    I went to UMass Boston – it is such a lovely campus. Whenever I have visitors from out of town I always recommend the JFK Museum!

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  5. Daisy’s avatar

    yay, so glad to hear your love for NE has been restored. I would love to check out this museum someday. looks pretty fascinating.

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  6. Heather’s avatar

    I haven’t been to the JFK library but it looks amazing – I will have to check it out. I also have a fascination with Jackie O – so classy and beautiful!

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  7. Raija’s avatar

    MVO and I visited the summer I lived in Boston during college. I love it. I’ll be happy to get married there someday, just for you ;).

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  8. Justin’s avatar

    That’s quite a lunch! Crab, lobster, and beef ribs. And what’s with the crushed popcorn accompanying the cream of tomato soup? I love that it includes hot garlic bread too. I bet this was followed by an Inaugural Nap.

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  9. betsy’s avatar

    Great recap – I haven’t been there in ages and this post reminds me that I should go back! I do love old photographs!

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  10. Kelly’s avatar

    Eric and I were just talking about going here at some point so I’m glad you wrote this post :) We will definitely go soon.

    Totally agree about the weather on Thurs and Friday! Amazing. Amazing.

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  11. Melissa’s avatar

    I’ve always wanted to visit the JFK Library so thanks for sharing a glimpse inside.

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  12. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)’s avatar

    I have never been there, but it looks pretty cool. Being Canadian though, I don’t know much about American presidents.

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  13. alicia’s avatar

    I went on a field trip here when I was in high school – it was pretty interesting.

    I would love to go back and see it again as an adult.

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