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


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Institute Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Sunday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

Home for Little Wanderers Gift Drive, through December 19th

This holiday season, the Institute is hosting a Big Wishes Gift Drive for The Home for Little Wanderers. Bring an unwrapped, new gift during your visit and receive $2 off admission. Your gift will go to a child and family struggling to make ends meet.


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.

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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

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