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“Nice Slice of History” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of John F. Kennedy National Historic Site

John F. Kennedy National Historic Site
Ranked #3 of 18 things to do in Brookline
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Illinois
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141 reviews
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“Nice Slice of History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

The house was really interesting, the rangers knew all sorts of fun tidbits (and talked through a lot of it since I was in a rush and couldn't listen to all of the recordings on the rooms).

I love that everything is put together so well and that the original furnishings are there (that story about the dining room table is unreal - I can't believe what good shape it's in!). The kitchen was amazing - that stove - wow! I can imagine meals were very interesting here.

The narration was great - the house was very neat and the staff made the trip really pleasant.

Also, they have open house times (this is when I visited) so you can look at your own pace - check the website!. Otherwise, you will take a 30 min guided tour.

Visited June 2014
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Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
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“Kennedy House”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

This is of course a piece of history. It is a very plain single family home. Nothing fancy.
If you expect a large home, you will be disappointed.

It is worth seeing where JFK lived before the riches.

Visited December 2012
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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“JFK's birthplace”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

It's on a beautiful, stately street. The house is filled with period furniture and appliances. There is a tour given by US Park Rangers and a short video afterwards to watch if you are interested.

Visited December 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“interesting stop for JFK buffs”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2013

My son and I got caught up with all the coverage of the 50th anniversary of JFK assisination and decided we wanted to explore some JFK history.

We thought we'd visit JFK birthplace in Brookline MA. The house is on the National Park service. JFK was born in this home and spent 3 years here and after his death the Kennedy family rebought the home in 1966 and restored it to when they lived there and donated the house to the NPS.

We took the self guided tour with a recorder with Rose Kennedy voice giving commentary about all the rooms. It was very interesting to hear her descriptions of each of the rooms and her personal stories about the family.

The house is small but quaint. The tour took less than 1/2hour but was very interesting (especially for a teenage boy)

Visited November 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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“A must-stop in Brookline”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

If you are anywhere near Coolidge Corner, the Kennedy birthplace is a short walk. Very nice 30-minute tour by the Park Service ranger. Stay for the short video about Rose Kennedy. Nice little gift shop. Beautiful setting on Beals Street.

Visited September 2013
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