Designed by I.M. Pei and overlooking the Boston waterfront at Columbia Point, "it's the most beautiful" of the presidential libraries, Warshaw said. The tug of boomer nostalgia is also strong. The 35th president's library inspires "a poignancy that leaves one with a respect for what he accomplished," said Sabato, "as well as a nagging sadness for what was tragically left undone."
- The Cuban Missile Crisis displays and an interactive exhibit "do a solid job of explaining how the nation narrowly avoided the miscalculations that would have ended civilization," Sabato said.
- The library also features a new exhibit on the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's inauguration. "Passing the Torch — The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy" runs through Aug. 26.