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Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

2350 Petefish Drive, Lawrence, KS
785-864-4900
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Ranked #4 of 25 Attractions in Lawrence
Type: Museums, Cultural
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Owner description: This site focuses on politics and on the life of one of the University of Kansas' most famous alumni, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Mr. Dole is an American Hero, a distinguished former senator (when that was in fact a distinguished position), a consummate politician, and a great American. It's worth a visit to honor Mr. Dole. The highlight to me is the incredibly beautiful American flag window. It's best seen in the afternoon when not in the shade. Unfortunately (IMHO) the view of... More

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Irvine, California
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138 reviews 138 reviews
26 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The displays are informative and nicely presented. Allow about 30 minutes for your visit. If you can, pre-arrange for a tour of the archives which are not open to the public.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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117 reviews 117 reviews
63 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is an awesome addition to the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Ks. Walking into this building you are immediately struck by the awesome display which honors the American veteran and their contributions to our country. The Institute offers wonderful lecture series covering a wide variety of topics relevant to US and global history and current events. Many of... More

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Stockton, Missouri
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78 reviews 78 reviews
26 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This small venue gives the visitor a great view of Bob Dole's life and political career. The stained glass flag is impressive. The visitor can spend little or lots of time and still walk away more informed.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The institute provides an eccellent biographic view of Dole's entire life. Exhibits show him as a boy in western Kansas during the Great Depression, a young lieutenant during WWII, to a small town lawyer turned politician. Nit only can you kesrn about Dole, but you can lesrn about the times and places in whivh he lived.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat this is a must see in Lawrence. It is a great tribute to a person who literally spent his entire life in public service. A decorated and wounded veteran of WW II and an affective statesman his entire political career. Although I generally did not agree with Sen. Dole's politics, I respected... More

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Loved the Author's Visit.. A chance to hear her speak about her experience left you feeling like you had really been on the battlefield with her. Would go again.. and to top it all.. it's FREE!!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

the content was interesting and well displayed- the architecture was more fitting for a memorial- a bit odd

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Lawrence, Kansas
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Even if you never supported Dole or the Republican Party, this institute is a treasure trove of history from a Washington insider. The Johnny Carson Tonight Show video with Dole is worth the visit by itself. Be sure to plan ahead and ask for a back room "white glove" tour to see the wonderful archival materials and memorabilia that covers... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

The exhibits are excellent, and brings out Sen Dole as a very personable guy, and his many strong characters. We thoroughly enjoy this little museum. The whole thing took about 1-1.5 hours, and we got a better sense of Sen Dole. This country would be a much better place if we have more leaders and politicians like him. The museum... More

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