Introducing Friends of the Institute

As a tribute to Senator Kennedy's 47-year career, gifts of $47 and up recognize you as a Friend of the Institute.


Senate Chamber

Visitors in the museum's full scale reproduction Senate Chamber enjoy the live programming

Walk through the doors of the Institute’s unique, life-size representation of the United States Senate Chamber and experience the history and character of the Senate up close. Explore this powerful, educational space with the help of our Exhibit Interpreters, or participate in one of the Institute’s signature daily programs:

Today’s Vote
In Today’s Vote, visitors participate in a live floor debate and cast their vote on a bill inspired by real legislation related to the Issue of the Day. During the simulated Senate session visitors can investigate the bill using their tablets, consider live debates by the Institute’s staff “Senators,” and offer their own statements on the Senate floor. The program culminates in a live vote, tallied on the Institute’s Senate Chamber screens.

Great Senate Debates
The United States Senate has long been the scene of some of this nation’s most important oratory. The EMK Institute brings these decisive deliberations to life in its newest program, Great Senate Debates. Blending live performance with historic film footage and archival images, this inspiring 20-minute family program looks at the context and importance of crucial turning points in Senate history, and reflects on their impact to our lives today.