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John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Both John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are rated very highly by those who travel for a living. Overall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is preferred by most writers compared to John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum scores 97 with positive reviews from 11 sources like concierge.com, Not For Tourists and Fodor's.

Both John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are rated very highly by those who travel for a living. Overall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is preferred by most writers compared to John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum scores 97 with positive reviews from 11 sources like concierge.com, Not For Tourists and Fodor's.

tripexpert score
90
#4 in Boston
location

Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125

endorsements
  • 9 endorsements
  • 14

    Concierge

    It's great for history buffs, but be aware that getting there without a car is a bit of a schlep.

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Chronicling a time now passing from memory to history, the library-museum is both a center for serious scholarship and a focus for Boston's nostalgia for her native son. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 33

    The Kennedy era springs to life at this dramatic library, museum, and educational research complex overlooking Dorchester Bay. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet

    The legacy of JFK is ubiquitous in Boston, but the official memorial to the 35th president is this striking, modern, marble building designed by IM Pei. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 53

    A monument to Boston's favorite son, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the US... inside, you'll get to know Kennedy, the man. Full Review →

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97
#2 in Boston

280 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

  • 13 endorsements
  • 14

    Concierge

    Isabella Stewart Gardner was an heiress and something of a black sheep of late-19th- and early-20th-century Boston society: She was a rabid Red Sox and horse-racing fan.

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Today, it's probably America's most idiosyncratic treasure house. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 33

    The pièce de résistance is the magnificent skylit courtyard, filled year-round with fresh flowers grown by the museum's horticultural staff. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    The Gardner is filled with almost 2000 priceless objects, primarily European, including outstanding tapestries and Italian Renaissance and 17th-century Dutch paintings. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 55

    Isabella Stewart Gardner built Fenway Court, which resembles a 15C Venetian-style palace, to showcase her magnificent art collection in an intimate setting. Full Review →

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