The building is dedicated to the memory of President Kennedy and designed by I.M. Pei .
“When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sought the perfect location for the JFK presidential library, she looked to the sea that President Kennedy loved so well. This site on Dorchester Bay encompasses a 9.5 acre park, landscaped with pine trees, shrubs, and wild roses reminiscent of the Cape Cod landscape familiar to President Kennedy.” John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
“Poetry and Power” – The Inaugural Address of John F Kennedy
“Assuming office in the midst of the Cold War, JFK understood that his inaugural address would have to instill confidence at home and respect abroad. He believed that democracy thrives only when citizens contribute their talents to the common good, and that is up to leaders to inspire citizens to acts of sacrifice. And when he exhorted people to “ask not what your country can do for you,” he appealed to their noblest instincts, voice a message that Americans were eager to hear.
The speech was crafted by JFK and Theodore C. Sorensen, one of Kennedy’s closest advisers. With a longstanding working relationship dating from JFK’s days in the Senate, Kennedy and Sorensen shared a unique synchronization in their way of thinking. The inaugural address and other hallmark Kennedy speeches were the products of that historic collaboration of two men who believed in the power of words.” John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Replica of the White House corridor.
Gold purse with diamonds, rubies and emeralds March 1963 King Hassan of Morocco present to the first lady.
Gold filigree necklace with red glass stones presented by Sudanese Prime Minister El Ferik Ibrahim Abboud.
Pope Paul VI presents a replica of Michelangelo’s Pieta at the Vatican July 2 1963.
Congratulatory message sent to President Kennedy on his inauguration in 1961, from the surviving crew and captain of Amagiri, the World War II Japanese destroyer that rammed PT 109 on August 2, 1943.
Model of French frigate La Flore displayed in Oval Office. Built in the Americas and purchased by the French in 1784.
Office of Attorney General Robert Kennedy.
President Kennedy's office.
Donated by the German government in September 1990 to the Kennedy Library. This section of Berlin Wall weighing 6,834 pounds. President Kennedy traveled to West Berlin June 26 1963.
Profile in Courage Award created in 1989 by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation to “honor the president’s courage by contemporary elected officials. The silver lantern, which represents a beacon of hope, was designed by Edwin Schlossberg and made by Tiffany & Company. It is presented annually, on or near May 29, in celebration of President Kennedy’s birthday.”
Jacqueline Kennedy exhibit.
Special Exhibit: 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth presents 100 items from the Kennedy Library.
Kennedy children with their mother at Hyannis Port ca 1934-1935 Left to right Joe Jr, Jack, Rosemary, Kathleen, Eunice, Patricia, Bobby, Jean, Ted with Rose.
The Kennedy Family in London, July 4 1938
Photograph by Dorothy Wilding
Back left to right Joe Jr., Eunice, Patricia, Rosemary, Jack
Front left to right Kathleen, Bobby, Teddy, Ambassador and Mrs. Kennedy, Jean
“Plant a Tree” crayon drawing by John F. Kennedy ca 1929-1930.
U.S. Flag from PT 109, replaced July 1943, the month before the boat was sunk.
“This wind-tattered flag, replaced by a new one shortly before PT 109 was sunk, is one of the few physical remnants from the boat that still exists.” John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
PT109 was commanded by John F. Kennedy during World War II. He helped save his crew after the boat sank and became a war hero for his actions.
Martin Luther King, Jr., shortly after he was arrested for protesting the whites-only policy of an Atlanta restaurant, October 19, 1960.
Telegram from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to President-elect John F. Kennedy, November 9 1960.
Watercolor painting of the White House made by Jacqueline Kennedy as a gift for the President. Signed “J to J” .
Undelivered remarks prepared for the Dallas Trade Mart, November 22, 1963.
“President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 while riding in an open car, with his wife by his side, during a political trip to Texas. The President’s motorcade had been headed to the Dallas Trade Mart where he was to deliver these remarks to a crowd of more than 2,000 people, members of the Dallas business community and other local leaders.
JFK came to Presidency with the promise of increasing America’s strength in a perilous world. In this undelivered address prefacing his 1964 campaign for re-election, he recapped the advances the nation had made during his time in office. These speech cards are displayed here for the first time.”
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Portrait of John F. Kennedy by Jamie Wyeth, 1967
John F. Kennedy's beloved Victura, the Latin word for “about to be victorious”.