Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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 use digital tablets to engage with our exhibits. The Institute was honored in 2016 with both a Thea Award from the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and a Merit Award in the Wider World Category from the British Guild of Travel Writers (BGTW).
Duration: 1-2 hours
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SplendidTraveler
Saint Louis, MO31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
We visited the first week of opening and to be honest I knew nothing about the Institute until I walked in the doors. At orientation, your first activity, you are issued a tablet to interact and research the exhibit you see. You capture your image on the tablet and as you visit exhibits, you earn activity medallions that accumulate on your profile. At the end of the tour you can see your profile and the number of medallions you earned, Each day there is a bill of the day covering a timely issue in our country. Participants vote, caucus and sit in "a down to the detail" replica of the U.S. Senate. There is a 20 minute video chart that shows the state, Senator and Congressional sessions over the years. They lacked an index and explanation of the various parties that have been represented in the Congress. Who has heard of the Free Soil party? I suggested they index and explain the different parties too. There is also a replica of Edward Kennedy's Senatorial office, complete with family photos and Edward Kennedy's own art work. .
In our party of four we experienced two glitches with the tablets. One person's tablet froze and he had to go back to orientation to get a new one, in doing so he lost the record of the medallions he had earned thru activities. My son is 30 and this wasn't an issue but I imagine a ten year old will be crushed to loose the record of the earned medallions.
My tablet would not move to the proper page and I could not vote in the Senate chamber although I had been sitting there for 15 minutes. This is their first week so I imagine there will be some hiccups as they deal with the volume of museum goers .
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is next to the JFK Presidential library the best plan is to take 3- 4 hours for both. In addition you get a two dollar discount if you visit both in one day.
Written April 6, 2015
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Mark_in_SD
San Diego, CA55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
From the name, I wasn't sure what to expect, but ended up finding it a wonderful way to spend a few hours in the afternoon! The Senate Chamber, of course, was a highlight, with the staff "impersonations" of famous senate speakers and their abbreviated speaches particularly enlightening and enjoyable. All the displays, especially those with interaction, were both fun and educational. We also enjoyed viewing a reproduction of Edward Kennedy's Senate office, gaining an insight into the man without the hype. All in all, very enjoyable as well as being educational. Great for a family visit, or anyone with an interest in government, no matter which side of the aisle you may sit.
Written October 13, 2018
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Thank you for your review. We’re so glad you enjoyed the Kennedy Institute experience.
Written October 16, 2018
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Sheila N
Evanston, IL30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
Good trip with some interesting information and engaging exhibits. However, it can feel a bit hokey and doesn’t seem to be tailored for people with a significant background in subject matter. Best parts, in my opinion, were those dedicated to Senator Kennedy
Written August 5, 2018
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Thank you for your review.
Written August 6, 2018
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Alexandra M
28 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
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!)
Written January 14, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to write and review and share your thoughts, alexandram993.
Written January 17, 2020
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macks
London, UK66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
As a British political junkie I was really excited by this museum - you get a chance to understand how the US political system works and the history that sits around it. It's a very hi-tech museum with tablet computers being handed out to visitors so that you can see more information and interact with the exhibits.

The Senate Chamber debates are fun - but very dependent upon the number of people in the museum!

Next door to the JFK library - so worth doing both to get a great view of the US legislative and executive systems...
Written March 26, 2017
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Thank you for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed the Edward M. Kennedy Institute experience.
Written March 27, 2017
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Kenny S
299 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Solo
This may sound like ideological blasphemy, but I'll say it anyway: Republicans can enjoy this place too!!! A business trip to me to the Boston area, and after viewing last weeks news coverage of the EMKI opening, I resolved to see it if I had free time, and I'm very glad I did. The museum boasts a very interactive structure where the visitor becomes a "Senator in training" and learns about the sausage making of legislation on Capitol Hill. As a former Hill Staffer, I was very pleased with the detail of the exhibits. Additionally I enjoyed the life-sized Senate chamber, and live debate which encouraged audience participation. While some of the material had a slight liberal bend (I think I lost most of my votes with the other attendees) it was not over the top. Rather, it encouraged a thoughtful discussion, and in doing so, served as a worthy tribute to DC's "more deliberative body." Had the Lion of the Senate lived to see the opening of the institution that bears his name, he certainly would have been pleased. This great experience, complete with a friendly staff, will earn my return the next time I'm in town.
Written April 9, 2015
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Voyager760525
Borsbeek, Belgium27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
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.
Written December 31, 2019
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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.
Written January 17, 2020
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lizcraven
La Canada Flintridge, CA230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Right next door to the JFK Library, this is a unique experience. Enter the replica of the U.S. Senate where Ted Kennedy served for 47 years and you become a Senator for the moment. The leader explains how you address her, explains the bill in question and then you ask questions. Debate continues for awhile before the vote is taken on iPads. A film about a major senatorial decision is also shown. Highly recommend this.
Written September 27, 2019
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Thank you for the visit and the recommendation, lizcraven!
Written October 11, 2019
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donnabL7555GF
San Antonio, TX43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Wonderful setup for explaining why we have a Senate and how it works. Culminating in an actual on the floor of the Senate debate and vote. Staff was very knowledgeable answering some obscure questions about Senate rules. Wish our 12 & 14 yr old grandkids had been with us.
Written August 31, 2019
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Thank you for the review, donnabL7555GF. We'd love to have you back soon with more members of your family.
Written September 20, 2019
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george7188
Lewistown, MT79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
What an amazing and educational experience offered up at the Edward Kennedy Institute. I have been teaching high school Government for over 20 years, and I would give anything for my students to get to experience what is offered here. The Senate Chamber experience is second to none!!! To anyone interested in the legislative process; GO!!; but if possible, bring a friend or two or three. Well worth the experience.
Written June 18, 2017
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Thank you for your review. We’re so glad you enjoyed the Institute experience. We look forward to your future visits.
Written June 20, 2017
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