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Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

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Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

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touron4 wrote a review Nov 10
Charleston, South Carolina245 contributions138 helpful votes
What we really wanted to see was the Oldsmobile Teddy used to drown Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick (he left her underwater for 9 hours before he got help). Unfortunately, it’s not here and the staff gets pretty snippy if you ask about it. The rest of the exhibits are not very interesting.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Alexandra M wrote a review Jan 2020
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This place is a really great interactive museum - and I think if you were looking for something fun and educational to do with kids, this would be awesome fun. As a grown up I was less into it. The exhibits are all interactive so lots of reading and clock but not much to look at, and it’s all about how the senate operates, with a fair bit of (somewhat disturbing for me personally) insight into centrist politics in America. Tl/dr: take the kids if you’re in Boston at a loose end I think they’d have fun, less for grown ups (but maybe that’s just me!)
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Kennedy_Institute, Manager at Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
Responded Jan 17, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to write and review and share your thoughts, alexandram993.
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pearlbensur wrote a review Jan 2020
Boston15 contributions2 helpful votes
I know that politics may sound dry at the outset, but honestly, this was such a refreshing, hands on way to learn about and experience how the Senate works. The museum is a wonderful and fitting tribute to Ed Kennedy, but beyond that it is a way to engage the public - student or adult - into the inner workings of the Senate and the House of Representatives, how a bill is passed and a room depicting the Senator's office. There is a very cool replica room of the US Senate, where you can sit in senators' seats and participate in a discussion similar to one that could take place in the Senate. It is all about how our democracy works, and has something for everyone. It was quiet when we were there and we got a nice amount of attention from the staff there. There is free parking, spacious hallways and exhibits and a small cafe as well. Go!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Kennedy_Institute, Manager at Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
Responded Jan 17, 2020
Thank you for the review, pearlbensur. We appreciate it.
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Voyager760525 wrote a review Dec 2019
Borsbeek, Belgium27 contributions1 helpful vote
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Each time I'm in Boston (twice a year), I need at least one day to enjoy the activities at the Institute and the JFK Library. I'm a member of both for several years. Because we need this history keeping alive for the next generations, I like to support the great work they are doing. Such great places to visit, This year I was twice in the Institute, and 3 times in the JFK Library.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Kennedy_Institute, Manager at Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
Responded Jan 17, 2020
Thank you for the review, Voyager760525, and the multiple visits. We very much appreciate your taking the time to write, and are all glad that you had a positive experience.
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HappyTraveler1957 wrote a review Sep 2019
Wellesley, Massachusetts458 contributions107 helpful votes
Found this to be a fascinating spot. Especially liked the replica of the U.S. Senate Chamber. The docent on duty was wonderful, enthusiastic and informative. Liked the chair exhibit currently in place. Enjoyed some of the interactive activities scattered around the visiting area.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Kennedy_Institute, Manager at Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
Responded Oct 11, 2019
Thank you for the review, HappyTraveler1957. We very much appreciate your taking the time to write, and are all glad that you had a positive experience.
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