The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation’s thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world. Architect: I.M. Pei and Partners, New York, NY
Building: One of Boston’s most dramatic architectural statements. 135,000 square foot library/archive with 9 story white, precast concrete tower building, glass-enclosed pavilion, and 18,000 square foot museum with two 230-seat orientation theaters; 20,000 square foot Stephen E. Smith Center (dedicated in 1991) adjoining Library used for education programs and conferences.
Site: 9.5 acre park landscaped with pine trees, shrubs and wild roses reminiscent of the landscape of Cape Cod familiar to President Kennedy. Site includes Kennedy’s 26′ sloop Victura cradled on the lawn and oriented toward the entrance to Boston Harbor, coincidentally known as President Roads. John T. Fallon State Pier located adjacent to grounds, used by harbor cruise boats bringing visitors to the Library.
The new museum is designed to convey John Kennedy’s enthusiasm for the American system of politics and government, and to help visitors better understand our nation’s recent history.