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


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.

Visitor Guidelines:

For the safety of visitors and staff, and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Kennedy Institute will be open for public, in-person tours on a limited basis and with new safety measures in our buildings. We require that all in-person visitation be conducted through group visits with a minimum of 10 attendees.

Face coverings: Visitors aged 3 and up are required to wear face coverings during their visit at all times. Face coverings may be removed only when drinking in designated spaces.
Social distancing: All visitors and staff will be asked to maintain a safe distance of six or more feet between households or groups at all times.
Hygiene: Please wash and sanitize your hands during your visit and practice good hygiene. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the building.
Eating and drinking: The Institute’s cafe will be temporarily closed during this pandemic, as well as water fountains. Please bring any water with you. Eating in the building will not be permitted, but drinking will be possible in the designated space in our front lobby.
Bags: Coat and bag check will be temporarily closed during the pandemic. Large bags will not be permitted in the building.
Photography: The Institute engages in photographing and recording programs and events for its own documentation and promotional purposes.

Group Visits:

At this time we require that all in-person visitation be conducted through group visits with a minimum of 10 attendees, maximum 30. Group visits include a tour of the Institute’s exhibits and participation in a simulated Senate session in the full-scale reproduction of the Senate Chamber. If you would like to book a group tour, please fill out our Group Visit Request Form. Please email for more information.

More comfortable staying “safer at home” and want to visit in the future? Learn about our reopening plans by signing up for our newsletter here. Interested in a virtual program? Click here to learn more about the Institute’s live facilitated virtual programs.

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.