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John F. Kennedy, the barefoot President.
John F. Kennedy, the barefoot President.

JFK Summer Fun Museum and Barefoot Statue

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Hyannis, Massachusetts

A wealth of photos, and a video narrated by newscaster Walter Cronkite, open a metaphorical beach bungalow window on the world of JFK at his favorite vacation spot. The actual Kennedy compound is only a few blocks away, but visitors can't get near it so the town decided to open this museum as a kind of consolation.

In front of the museum stands a life-size bronze JFK, wearing rolled-up khakis, walking barefoot in some strategically placed sand.

Inside the museum is a model of the statue as it was originally conceived in 2000: JFK strolling side-by-side with an adult John-John. The Kennedys liked the idea but locals rejected it, so JFK walks alone.

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JFK Summer Fun Museum and Barefoot Statue

John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

397 Main St., Hyannis, MA
Route 6 Exit 7. Left at end of ramp onto Yarmouth Rd. Go straight through light at intersection with Rte 28, take right fork immediately after light. At stop sign, right on Main St. Go through two sets of lights, just beyond post office.
June-Oct. M-Sa 9-5, Su 12-5; fewer hrs off-season, closed Dec-Jan. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Statue free; Museum $12.
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