JFK’s Legacy Comes Alive at The JFK Hyannis Museum

Visit the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum to learn about the legacy of President Kennedy and his deep connection to Cape Cod where he enjoyed special days with family and friends. The Cape was the one place he could relax and feel at home, even while bearing the weight of the world. Learn why Hyannis Port was considered the “heart and home” of the Kennedys. Step into the unforgettable Summer White House days of the 1960’s when a beloved President and his family brought joy and hope to a nation.

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Presidential Summers: The Kennedys on Cape Cod
For JFK weekends on Cape Cod meant renewal, inspiration and fun family times. See archival video, special family images, fascinating artifacts and more at this new long-term exhibit. Exhibit Highlights: Kennedy Compound, To Wake as President, Sailing the Victura and more.

John F. Kennedy’s Rocking Chair, ca. 1962
The JFK Hyannis Museum is honored to be the temporary home of President Kennedy’s Rocker during the renovation of The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria. In 1962 President Kennedy gave one of his iconic Kennedy Rockers to the Waldorf Astoria to find its pride of place in the presidential suite.

RFK: Ripple of Hope:
The return of a special exhibit to commemorate the life and legacy of Robert Kennedy. The exhibit begins with RFK’s early years in the Kennedy family, including rarely seen images of his time on Cape Cod, 45 images and excerpts from RFK’s speeches, and an eight-minute video narrated by Kathleen Kennedy and former Congressman Joe Kennedy III.

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events at the John F Kennedy Museum in Hyannis

Directors Talk

July 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Directors Talk

July 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Directors Talk

July 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Directors Talk

July 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Directors Talk

July 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Directors Talk

July 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Directors Talk

July 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Directors Talk

July 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Directors Talk

July 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Museum News

Simply Civics

July 4th is one of the most popular holidays for Americans. Coming in the middle of the summer our country celebrates the decision by the founding fathers in 1776 to declare independence from England with picnics, barbecues and fireworks. But July 4th was not always the unanimous date to celebrate independence. John Adams, who would become the second president, refused to recognize July 4th and instead adamantly favored July 2nd when the Continental Congress took the vote declaring independence. According to Adams, July 4th was only the day when all the final edits to the document were

JFK Hyannis Museum awards two scholarships to Cape area high school students

(HYANNIS, MA) –May 20, 2022 – The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation announced this year’s essay winners, who each received $2,500 scholarships. Sadie LaBonte of Sandwich, a Barnstable High School student and Etzer Lindor, of South Dennis, a Cape Cod Technical High School student were selected from over a dozen submissions.

The Museum Foundation presents the scholarships to students based on essays that illuminate President Kennedy’s famous inaugural quote: “And so my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” High school seniors shared their

Famous Couples in Presidential History, From the Kennedys to the Obamas

It’s easy to think of presidential marriages in U.S. history as a bit, well, archaic. Minus a few notable exceptions, the role American first ladies have played has been largely ceremonial. Presidential couples can seem symbolic of a majorly hetero, (mostly) whitewashed vision of marriage, complete with a White House-size picket fence. He runs the so-called free world; she runs an endless parade of parties and cotillions, yachts and polo matches. (Yes, that is me paraphrasing Rose in Titanic.)

Of course, these historic partnerships have been a product of their times. Throughout history, first ladies have used their position

Carrier Kennedy to start EMALS testing later this year

Ford-class aircraft carrier John F Kennedy (CVN 79) is scheduled to start testing for its Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) later this year, according to Chris Kastner, executive vice-president and chief operating officer for Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), whose Newport News Shipbuilding yard is building the ship.

“CVN 79 Kennedy is approximately 83% complete and the team is focused on compartment completion and key propulsion plant milestones,” Kastner told investment analysts during a 10 February quarterly earnings call.

Kastner also noted progress in other carrier and nuclear-powered submarine programmes.

“CVN 80 Enterprise and CVN 81 Doris Miller continue material procurement and early unit construction and CVN 80 plans

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