Presidential Getaway--JFK on Cape Cod

Presidential Getaway: JFK on Cape Cod

Throughout his Presidency, JFK would retreat to the cluster of white clapboard houses in Hyannis Port that had been the emotional center of his family’s life for decades. During the summers, he would escape the pressures of the office for weekend getaways with his large, extended family. Those weekends were taken up with swimming, sunning, sailing, golf, and most importantly, family time.

A display of original artifacts, photographs, and historic film footage will evoke those days.

Superman Exhibit

Superman’s Mission for President Kennedy

In 1963, DC Comics, the publisher of Superman, collaborated with the Kennedy White House to create a story promoting the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. In the story, President Kennedy calls upon Superman to inspire the nation to exercise, eat better, and get stronger. In December 2013, just one month after Mr. Plastino passed away, DC Comics donated the drawings to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. 

President Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy confer on the White House West Wing Colonnade, 03 October 1962.

To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the National Archives are proud to present a special new exhibit marking the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis - the thirteen days the world teetered on the brink of thermonuclear war.


In Her Voice: Jacqueline Kennedy, The White House Years

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is proud to present a new exhibit highlighting Mrs. Kennedy's 1964 oral history interview. Sealed for 47 years and published in September 2011, it is a series of wide-ranging conversations with historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., in which Mrs. Kennedy reveals her thoughts and impressions on topics spanning John F. Kennedy's early campaigns to the Cuban Missile Crisis. The conversations cover Mrs. Kennedy's impressions of world leaders and events, her role as First Lady, and her life as a wife and mother living inside the White House.

In the exhibit, excerpts from these conversations are presented alongside the objects, documents, and photographs that chronicle the events Mrs. Kennedy describes. This unique presentation, joining iconic treasures from the Kennedy Library with the words of Mrs. Kennedy, sheds new light both on the great events and personalities of the 20th century, as well as on the extraordinary sensibilities of the woman describing them.

Launch of the Mercury MR-3 Space Capsule Freedom 7

Freedom 7 Space Capsule

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is proud to present a special new installation featuring Freedom 7, the iconic space capsule that U.S. Navy Commander Alan B. Shepard, Jr. piloted on the first American manned flight into space.