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.

What You'll Experience


As soon as you step inside the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, you are greeted as a U.S. Senator. You’ll interact with a variety of digital exhibits related to the Senate’s history, explore replicas of the U.S. Senate Chamber and Senator Kennedy’s Washington, D.C. Russell Senate office, and take part in a live vote on the Senate floor. You’ll learn about the work that Senators really do and practice the skills needed to be successful.

aerial view of Senate Chamber

Chamber Experience

Walk through the doors of the Institute’s unique, full-size replica of the United States Senate Chamber and experience the history and character of the Senate up close. Explore this powerful and educational space with the help of our staff, or participate in one of the Institute’s signature daily programs, Today’s Vote and The Citizen’s Senate.

Lady speaking in Senate Chamber
  • Today’s Vote

  • Participate in a simulated Senate session and a live floor debate on an active piece of legislation being considered by the real Senate in Washington, D.C. Today’s Vote changes regularly, with new bills to discuss. Learn more >
  • The Citizen’s Senate

  • Through a combination of live performances and archival footage, experience key moments in American history when citizens have compelled the U.S. Senate to act. Learn more >


Interact with engaging multimedia displays, dig deeper into the Senate’s history using digital tablets, explore some of the most significant achievements of Senator Kennedy’s career, and more. See all the exhibits >

The Office of Senator Edwward M. Kennedy

The Office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Step inside a reproduction of Senator Kennedy’s Washington, D.C. office featuring treasured mementos, photographs, original artifacts, and his own artwork. Learn more >


The Edward M. Kennedy Institute has something for everyone. Get your tickets now, or at the door, to experience all it has to offer.

Buy Tickets

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

What’s going on at the Institute today:

Today’s Vote:
S.2482, the Protect American Values Act

The Citizen’s Senate:
Women’s Fight for Suffrage