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Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

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The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate offers a dynamic, interactive experience in democracy. Visit our full-scale representation of the United States Senate Chamber, see a replica of Senator Kennedy's Washington office, and...more
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210 William T Morrissey Blvd, Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125-3314
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I wasn’t sure what to expect with my visit. Turned out to be very informative. Utilizes tablets to share the information. The full size Senate duplication was very cool! Enjoyed the interactive process of how a bill is passed in the Senate!

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Lindaeck
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a nice, modern museum. The “exhibits” are electronic projections on the walls and you get a tablet to carry around to go deeper. The central area of the museum is a duplicate of the senate and is very awesome. There are programs you...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Jenny B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very friendly staff. Clean, modern, spacious. We learned a lot during this visit. Wasn’t too impressed by the tablet supplied to each visitor to help while perusing the exhibitions - found it cumbersome and unnecessary. Loved seeing Teddy Kennedy’s office and learning about his ‘team’...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank mahbube
Reviewed April 19, 2019

We were looking forward to learning a little bit more about the Senator. Enjoyed seeing his office recreated and the senate floor. But we did feel that it was a little too technological and interactive as opposed to your typical 'old school' type museums. You...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank AlleyDeBlanck
Reviewed April 7, 2019 via mobile

We had a wonderful, informative tour, getting to know the inner workings of the Senate. It’s very interactive. Each participant gets a tablet to carry along through the tour. The point is to experience the day in the life of a United States Senator. Our...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Kellydan
Reviewed February 6, 2019

This museum offers an excellent opportunity to learn about the history of the Senate and to actively participate in Senatorial work. It is not expensive and all of the staff are extremely friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. A great way to learn about our government. A...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank MamaNandi
Reviewed February 2, 2019 via mobile

Very cool museum that engages visitors to understand the legislative process. Also relevant to current political issues.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 845zacharyr
Reviewed January 17, 2019 via mobile

We spoke at length with Jake, who was both passionate and knowledgeable about both the Senator and the Institute, we may not have enjoyed the experience as much without him. There's a lot to see here, so tske your time and seek out Jake, he...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ellen S
Reviewed December 29, 2018

Very informative and fun place to visit. Really liked the hands on quality of the place. Helpful and knowledgeable staff

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Madeleine E
Reviewed November 14, 2018

It is well organized and includes a full scale model of the Senate chamber where interactive programs put you in the seat of a senator to become an active participant in the consideration of legislation. The only thing preventing 5 stars was the wifi was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Kennedy_Institute, Marketing Team at Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2018

Thank you for your review, Maurie R.

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Response from Kennedy_Institute | Property representative |
We do have a café. The Chamber Café offers salads, soups, sandwiches, pastries, and an espresso bar. The café is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. It's closed on Mondays and on days when the Institute is... More