The JFK Library pays tribute to one of the most famous of Bostonians. Designed by renowned architect IM Pei, a graduate of MIT and Harvard, its pure lines seem to echo those of the ocean. Here, as JFK was fond of saying, ‘we commemorate the past by illuminating the future'. Historical objects, some of which were bequeathed by Jackie Onassis, as well as video and audio documents trace the President's life and the way he marked an era. The chronologically organised exhibits are stimulating and entertaining—a storefront in 1960, excerpts from television debates, and a replica of the Oval Office evoke the great moments of a life cut short. In a darkened hallway, archival images of the announcement of JFK's death are particularly moving. A very poignant pilgrimage.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Boston, MA 02125
+1 617 514 1600