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Admissions

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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 representation of the United States Senate Chamber, interactive exhibits, and a reproduction of Senator Kennedy’s office. To experience the Senate Chamber, Chamber Surround, temporary exhibits and Senator Kennedy’s office, please plan for a 1.5 to 2 hour visit.

Senate Chamber programs schedule:

  • Today’s Vote runs Tuesday through Sunday at 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.

  • Great Senate Debates runs Tuesday through Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Please note that these schedules are subject to change for special events.

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 (6-17) $8 free
U.S Armed Forces Veteran $14 $12
U.S Active Duty Armed Forces free with ID
Child (6 and under) free

Special and Discounted Pricing

Admission is free for all children under 6 years and for all U.S. Active Duty Armed Forces, as well as for all Massachusetts residents 17 and younger.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum visitors receive a $2 (U.S.) discount on individual tickets for up to two weeks from the purchase date with validated ticket.

The Institute offers special rates for groups of 20 or more. Please email groupsales@emkinstitute.org for more information.

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

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Institute Hours of Operation

Tuesday through Sunday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holiday observances in 2017:

  • Independence Day (Tuesday, July 4)

  • Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 23)

Visitor Guidelines

  • All bags are subject to inspection by Institute staff.
  • Free coat check is available to Institute guests and visitors. Storage of personal belongings is not open to the public.
  • Large bags, umbrellas, strollers and other large items must be checked at coat check.
  • 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.

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