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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
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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Lawrence, Kansas
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

I really enjoyed my visit to the Bob Dole Institute in Lawrence. It is filled with history of the country as well as Dole's personal history. Even if you aren't a fellow Republican, you'll enjoy this look at the history - particularly of the 1970s and 1980s. If you call ahead of time and make arrangements, you can take a... More

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

From the architecture of this beautiful building to the unique items inside (world's largest stained-glass American flag, fascinating gifts to Senator Dole from foreign leaders, the wall of photos of WW II veterans, twisted beams from the World Trade Center), visitors will find much to admire. The Institute hosts many interesting programs and lectures by individuals renown for their expertise... More

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