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.

Plan Your Visit


Visit the Kennedy Institute Tuesday through Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Your visit

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is designed to bring the history of the United States Senate alive – using technology to engage and inspire like never before. The Institute features a full-scale replica of the United States Senate Chamber, interactive exhibits, and a reproduction of Senator Kennedy’s Washington, DC, office. To participate in live programs in the Senate Chamber, exhibits, and Senator Kennedy’s office, please plan for a 1.5 to 2 hour visit. Learn more about what you’ll experience.

General Admission Tickets

Type of Ticket Price Discount for MA Residents
Adult (25-61) $16 $14
Senior (62+) $14 $12
Youth (18-24) $14 $12
Child (7-17) $8 $7
U.S. Armed Forces Veteran $14 $12
U.S. Active Duty Armed Forces free with ID
Child (6 and under) free

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Special and Discounted Pricing

  • Admission is free for all children 6 years and under and for all U.S. Active Duty Armed Forces.
  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum visitors who come to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute receive a $2 (U.S.) discount on individual tickets for up to two weeks from the purchase date with validated ticket.

Mass Cultural Council’s EBT Card to Culture program

The Institute participates in the Mass Cultural Council’s EBT Card to Culture program. Show your EBT card and receive $2 per person admission. The offer is good for up to 4 individuals per EBT card during regular business hours. This discount cannot be combined with other offers or used for special events.


The Institute offers group tours (20 or more people) at special rates. If you would like to book a group tour, please fill out our Group Visit Request Form. Please email for more information.

School groups, camps, and clubs serving students from third to twelfth grades can email for more information on discounted rates. Please note that all elementary, middle and high school groups from Massachusetts receive free admission to the Institute.

Visitor Guidelines

  • All bags are subject to inspection by Institute security.
  • Large bags, umbrellas, and other large items must be checked at coat check.
  • Free coat check is available to Institute guests and visitors. The Institute is not responsible for items left at coat check. Storage of personal belongings is not open to the public.
  • Food and drinks will not be permitted beyond the lobby or café areas.
  • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing as the experience can last up to two hours.
  • The Institute engages in photographing and recording programs and events for its own documentation and promotional purposes.

Filming Guidelines

Filming at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is not permitted without the permission of the Institute. If you are a member of the press and have a media request, please contact the Institute’s communications office via For all other filming inquiries, please contact the Institute’s events office via

Lost and Found

The Institute’s Lost and Found is at the Coat Check area. You may also call the Lost and Found desk with any questions via the Institute’s main number, 617.740.7000.

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