Public Programs

Postponed: First Saturday Drop-in Tours




visitor experience

On the first Saturday of each month, the Institute offers 1 p.m. drop-in tours. This discussion-based tour with a thematic focus offers deeper insights into the Institute’s exhibits and programs. Tours will lead into the Today’s Vote program where visitors can debate and vote on Senate legislation.

April’s drop-in tour explores Earth optimism in connection with the Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day. Learn about important leaders and activists who affected change in environmental legislation and the complex legislative process behind these developments. Then join the Institute’s Today’s Vote program and participate in the special Kids’ Climate Convention activities.

Registration with Smithsonian Museum Day or Kids’ Climate Convention is recommended for free admission.

Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To join the tour, pick up a sticker at the Admission Desk.


Regular and specialty tours are also available for groups by appointment. If you would like to book a group tour, please fill out our Group Visit Request Form. Please email groupsales@emkinstitute.org for more information.

Additional Resources

  • Postponed: Getting to the Point on the 2020 Census

    In partnership with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum as well as the Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum, the Institute will welcome state and local leaders for a conversation on the importance of the 2020 Census.

  • Smithsonian magazine Museum Day

    Museum Day is an annual celebration hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on April 4.

  • Postponed: Kids’ Climate Convention

    How can kids help care for the planet? Join us for a day of family-friendly activities themed around preserving our Earth for future generations of kids. Vote for the best climate action invention in a special program held in the Institute’s replica Senate Chamber, visit the maker studio to do a project with recycled materials, and learn about important climate issues.