About the Institute
Updated March 11, 2020: In response to the coronavirus public health emergency, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate has made the decision to be closed to the public effective Thursday, March 12, in order to protect the public and mitigate community spread of COVID-19. The Kennedy Institute will continually monitor and assess the public health situation and will make a further determination regarding closure on Monday, April 6. Read the press release.
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute makes the cleanliness of facilities and the health of visitors, staff, and volunteers a high priority of daily operations. In light of the coronavirus outbreak, the Institute is proactively increasing efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and other disease-causing microbes. Staff regularly sanitize all tablets, surfaces, and learning tools that come into contact with visitors and staff; hand sanitizer dispensers are available at all major doors, bathrooms, and eating areas; and hand-washing suggestions are posted in all bathrooms to ensure visitors and staff are reminded of best practices.
We ask that all visitors and program participants to pay attention to their own health; as we encourage our staff to do, please stay home if you are feeling ill. We also ask that groups who have participants who may have traveled internationally in the past two weeks refrain from visiting us until certain no members are ill.
We recommend these trusted websites for up-to-date information:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- Boston Public Health Commission
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, civic education organization in Boston envisioned by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Through a range of exhibits, interactive educational offerings, and topical programs, the Institute engages students and visitors in a conversation about the essential role each person plays in our democracy and in our society.