John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Dedicated to the memory of our nation's 35th president. This account is run by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

JFK chose to take us farther than we had gone before. Not because our moonshot was easy—but because it was hard. #JFKM...
06/07/2019

JFK chose to take us farther than we had gone before. Not because our moonshot was easy—but because it was hard. #JFKMoonshot

Maxwell D. Taylor (center), later JFK's Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division ...
06/06/2019

Maxwell D. Taylor (center), later JFK's Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division in March 1944, where they were training in England for the Allied invasion of Normandy.

On D-Day, he made the airborne assault on Normandy, and was the first Allied general to land on French soil. He led the 101st for the rest of the war, including in the Battle of Normandy and Operation Market Garden. In December 1944, he was briefly called back to the United States, and resumed command at the end of the Siege of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. #DDay75thAnniversary #DDay75

Today, we remember the life and lasting legacy of President Kennedy’s brother, Robert F. Kennedy with his words: "Each...
06/06/2019

Today, we remember the life and lasting legacy of President Kennedy’s brother, Robert F. Kennedy with his words:

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."

May his commitment to justice for all continue to inspire us.

The passage of the 19th amendment gave women the right to vote, but many black women, especially in the South, remained ...
06/04/2019

The passage of the 19th amendment gave women the right to vote, but many black women, especially in the South, remained disenfranchised. Court cases sought to challenge arbitrary and racist rules to give all people the vote. #19thAt100

05/31/2019
Ambassador Caroline Kennedy on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's courage

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy describes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as “the most consequential woman in American political history” for her leadership including on passing comprehensive healthcare for all and helping to elect the most diverse Congress ever. #ProfileinCourage

JFK Library Director Alan Price and visitors gathered together to celebrate President Kennedy’s 102nd birthday includi...
05/29/2019

JFK Library Director Alan Price and visitors gathered together to celebrate President Kennedy’s 102nd birthday including a performance by Legacy High School Choir from Bismarck, ND.

Congratulations to this year's JFK - GE STEM Award winners! 20 senior students who attend Boston Public Schools or live ...
05/29/2019

Congratulations to this year's JFK - GE STEM Award winners! 20 senior students who attend Boston Public Schools or live in the City of Boston will receive scholarships up to $2,500 to study STEM fields at college.

"The high courage and the supreme sacrifice of Americans who gave their lives in battle have made it possible for our la...
05/27/2019

"The high courage and the supreme sacrifice of Americans who gave their lives in battle have made it possible for our land to flourish under freedom and justice." Today we remember those who lost their lives in service to our country.

📷 President John F. Kennedy places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Day 1963.

We’re excited to announce that astronaut Michael Collins, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy,...
05/24/2019

We’re excited to announce that astronaut Michael Collins, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, astronauts, scientists and more will join us at our JFK Space Summit celebrating Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary on June 19. Read the full schedule ——> https://www.jfklibrary.org/jfk-space-summit

Congratulations to Elazar Cramer, a senior from the Maimonides School in Brookline, MA, who won our Profile in Courage E...
05/21/2019

Congratulations to Elazar Cramer, a senior from the Maimonides School in Brookline, MA, who won our Profile in Courage Essay Contest! He wrote about the political courage of Republican Representative Edith Nourse Rogers who defied anti-immigrant groups and supported immigration of German-Jewish refugees during World War II.

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and 2019 Profile in Courage Honoree House Speaker Nancy Pelosi helped present the award. Elazar was awarded $10,000 scholarship with the support of John Hancock and will attend Princeton University in 2020.

Read his essay: https://www.jfklibrary.org/sites/default/files/2019-05/2019%20Winning%20Essay.pdf

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has consistently acted in service of our highest principles and our most vulnerable citize...
05/20/2019

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has consistently acted in service of our highest principles and our most vulnerable citizens. She has suffered defeats, but has never given up. Thanks to her courage we have healthcare for all Americans, the most diverse Congress in American history, and the strength to stand firm against the administrations assault on the rule of law. -Ambassador Caroline Kennedy

05/20/2019
THE JOHN F. KENNEDY PROFILE IN COURAGE AWARD®

2019 Profile in Courage Award Recipient

The 2019 Profile in Courage Award goes to Speaker Nancy Pelosi for putting the national interest above her party's interest to expand access to health care for all Americans and then, against a wave of political attacks, leading the effort to retake the majority and elect the most diverse Congress in our nation's history.

On Sunday, May 19, final admission to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will be at 1:00 PM, and the Mu...
05/17/2019

On Sunday, May 19, final admission to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will be at 1:00 PM, and the Museum will close at 2:00 PM.

Each year, the Library recognizes elected leaders who exhibit political courage. And today, courage from our leaders is ...
05/17/2019

Each year, the Library recognizes elected leaders who exhibit political courage. And today, courage from our leaders is more important than ever. In just two days, we're honoring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as this year's winner of the Profile in Courage Award. Tune in at 8:30pm ET on Sunday to hear her remarks and watch the ceremony: https://profileincourageaward.org

I.M. Pei’s vision and creative genius transformed the notion of what a presidential library could be – conceiving of...
05/17/2019

I.M. Pei’s vision and creative genius transformed the notion of what a presidential library could be – conceiving of the Kennedy Library as both a striking architectural landmark and center for public life. We send our deepest sympathies to the Pei family and his loved ones.

- Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, Honorary President, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

We’re sending our best wishes for a speedy recovery to President Carter!📷President Carter at a Kennedy Library Foru...
05/14/2019

We’re sending our best wishes for a speedy recovery to President Carter!

📷President Carter at a Kennedy Library Forum in 2011.

It’s the last day of Public Service Recognition Week. President Kennedy called on Americans to embrace public service ...
05/10/2019

It’s the last day of Public Service Recognition Week. President Kennedy called on Americans to embrace public service as a noble profession.

Take our quiz and find out how much you know about the work public servants did during President Kennedy’s time and at the JFK Library! #PSRW

https://www.tryinteract.com/share/quiz/5cc9d42032922e0014bb406a

Hooray for sunny days! And with the Victura back on our lawn, spring has finally arrived at the JFK Library. Be sure to ...
05/09/2019

Hooray for sunny days! And with the Victura back on our lawn, spring has finally arrived at the JFK Library. Be sure to check out JFK’s beloved sailboat next time you visit us!

05/08/2019
A moment of recognition for our public servants

It's Public Service Recognition Week!

Staff members from the JFK Library echo President Kennedy’s call to public service as we recognize the hard work of federal employees across the country. #PSRW2019

Have you sent flowers your loved ones lately? This bill shows JFK sent his grandparents a pot of white tulips in April 1...
05/03/2019

Have you sent flowers your loved ones lately? This bill shows JFK sent his grandparents a pot of white tulips in April 1946!

On May 1, 1963, JFK unveiled a US postal stamp designed by Georg Olden (second from left) commemorating the centennial o...
05/01/2019

On May 1, 1963, JFK unveiled a US postal stamp designed by Georg Olden (second from left) commemorating the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. Olden was the first African American to design a US postal stamp.

Happy birthday to Ella Fitzgerald, born #otd in 1917! Known as "The First Lady of Song," she performed at the birthday s...
04/25/2019

Happy birthday to Ella Fitzgerald, born #otd in 1917! Known as "The First Lady of Song," she performed at the birthday salute to JFK at Madison Square Garden in 1962.

"This for you, O my president..." Robert Frost inscribed this edition of "In the Clearing" for JFK. #WorldBookDay
04/23/2019

"This for you, O my president..." Robert Frost inscribed this edition of "In the Clearing" for JFK. #WorldBookDay

"The Earth can be an abundant mother to all of the people that will be born in the coming years if we learn to use her w...
04/22/2019

"The Earth can be an abundant mother to all of the people that will be born in the coming years if we learn to use her with skill and wisdom, to heal her wounds, replenish her vitality, and utilize her potentialities." President John F. Kennedy

#EarthDay

On this day, April 19, 1961, President Kennedy presented French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, "undersea pioneer to ear...
04/19/2019

On this day, April 19, 1961, President Kennedy presented French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, "undersea pioneer to earth-bound man" with the National Geographic Society's Medal of Honor. #OTD

04/16/2019
A Conversation with His Excellency Juan Manuel Santos

His Excellency Juan Manuel Santos, former President of Colombia, Nobel laureate, and Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, discusses key global issues and reflects on his distinguished career with Professor Ricardo Hausmann, director of Harvard's Center for International Development and former Chief Economist of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Our hearts are with Paris and with those who love Notre Dame. 📷 Postcard showing Île de la Cité including Notre Dam...
04/16/2019

Our hearts are with Paris and with those who love Notre Dame.

📷 Postcard showing Île de la Cité including Notre Dame from c1920s, Ernest Hemingway Collection

In honor of the presentation of a plaque from the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School’s insignia on Apri...
04/15/2019

In honor of the presentation of a plaque from the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School’s insignia on April 16, the Library will be open for free to all Veterans that day.

Active duty military personnel are always free.

Let’s go Boston Athletic Association #BostonMarathon runners! The JFK Library and JFK Library Foundation staff wish yo...
04/15/2019

Let’s go Boston Athletic Association #BostonMarathon runners! The JFK Library and JFK Library Foundation staff wish you all the best on your run today. #BostonStrong #MarathonMonday

04/12/2019
Face Off: Partisan Politics in 1992

Partisan politics have been a hot issue for decades: in 1992, Senator Kennedy faced off against Senator Al Simpson about the role of partisan politics in the presidential election between George Bush and Bill Clinton. #FaceOffFriday

“Speaker Pelosi leads with strength, integrity and grace under pressure – using her power to protect the most vulner...
04/08/2019

“Speaker Pelosi leads with strength, integrity and grace under pressure – using her power to protect the most vulnerable of our citizens. She is the most important woman in American political history and is a true Profile in Courage.” —Ambassador Caroline Kennedy

Join us in congratulating Speaker Pelosi by signing our digital gavel. https://profileincourageaward.org/pelosi/

04/07/2019
PEN/Hemingway Award Ceremony

Seán Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s grandson, presents the 2019 PEN/Hemingway Award to Tommy Orange for There There: A Novel at this ceremony. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen delivers the keynote address. The Kennedy Library is the major repository of Ernest Hemingway’s personal papers.

Congratulations to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the 2019 #ProfileInCourage Award honoree! Speaker Pelosi put the national inter...
04/07/2019

Congratulations to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the 2019 #ProfileInCourage Award honoree! Speaker Pelosi put the national interest above her party's interest to expand access to health care for all Americans and then, against a wave of political attacks, led the effort to retake the majority and elect the most diverse Congress in our nation's history.

The JFK Profile in Courage Award is presented annually by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

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Columbia Point
Boston, MA
02125

The Library and Museum is easily accessed by public transportation. Take the MBTA Rapid Transit, Red Line (any red line train) to JFK/UMASS Station. There is a free shuttle bus to the Library every 20 minutes beginning at 8:00 a.m. and running until Museum closing. Please take the buses marked ‘#2 JFK.’

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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