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Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

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Beautiful space honoring Bob Dole and his contributions

This is a not-well-known jewel for visitors in Lawrence, KS! Wonderful, informative exhibits, a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lawrence, Kansas
Almost as good as a Presidential museum

You get the sense that if Robert Dole had won the election in 1996 and become President this is... read more

Reviewed March 11, 2019
Toronto, Canada
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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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2350 Petefish Dr, Lawrence, KS 66045-7506
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a not-well-known jewel for visitors in Lawrence, KS! Wonderful, informative exhibits, a gorgeous flag stained glass window and actual pieces from one of the World Trade Towers. Must-see if you're into any kind of politics or history buff!

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed March 11, 2019

You get the sense that if Robert Dole had won the election in 1996 and become President this is where his Presidential Museum & Library would be. The Dole Institute is an impressive building with a huge reflecting pool (pond) out front and a multi-storey...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 3, 2019 via mobile

We enjoyed learning more about Bob Dole’s career in politics, as well as his military service and his ability to overcome debilitating war injuries. The building itself is worth a stop, with a small lake in front and beautiful stained glass windows ( including one...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank AndyKansasCity
Reviewed November 6, 2018

While the photo displays highlight Senator Dole's life and political career, the Institute's mission of bipartiaship was the attraction for me. The many public lectures and activities at the Dole Center make this a must see if you are in the area. Certainly, WWII historians...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Claudette J
Reviewed November 4, 2018

Great tribute to Senator Bob Dole. His life history detailed in exhibits. Learning about his war injuries and the difficult road to recovery makes me admire him even more. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 18, 2018

Robert Dole is a hero in Kansas both for his military background and his political service. The Dole Institute is sort of a Presidential Library for a man who never made it to the Oval Office. The institute puts on several events every week and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 1egg2fry
Reviewed October 2, 2018

This museum is located not far from the University of Kansas in Lawrence and is well worth the time to visit. Although not large, the exhibits are all nicely done and the story of Bob Dole's life and career is fascinating. I especially loved the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Laura S
Reviewed June 7, 2018

This is a great place to visit and a good place to go for various events they hold. We even got a downstairs tour from the archivist one time through KU.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

Richard Norton Smith hits another home run! The Dole Institute annually invites presidential historian Mr Smith to visit the Institute he founded for a 3-4 part lecture series over several months on topics related to US presidents. This year’s series is based on the 2017...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed February 25, 2018

After going through the building I appreciated the way Bob Dole did things for Kansas and the country. To be able to overcome his injuries in WWII and become a compassionate and strong leader is amazing. The items are well documented and displayed. They had...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Kristy M
December 30, 2015|
Response from Dole-Institute | Property representative |
Hello Kristy, admission is always free to the Institute!