Arrival of the Senate Desks


The Institute received a special delivery recently, with the arrival of 100 hand crafted Senate Desks for our Chamber. Watch this video on the desks and what they mean to the Institute.
Reception with U.S. Senators


The Institute hosted a bipartisan reception for current U.S. Senators in Washington.
Learn About Senate Immersion Module


The EMK Institute invites students to participate in early development of the Senate Immersion Module (SIM), an educational experience about the U.S. Senate at the Institute's full-scale chamber. Opening: March, 2015.
Kennedy Cape House gifted to EMK Institute


In keeping with the wishes of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy and his widow Victoria R. Kennedy, the Kennedy family's property in Hyannis Port was given to the EMK Institute to be preserved for charitable use.
Take a look at the newest renderings

Check out the newest concepts for the interior of the Institute, and explore the newest renderings of the Institute's exhibition components.

Andrea Mitchell interviews Mrs. Kennedy to discuss the Institute's March 2015 public opening.

Educational programs

The Institute's primary audience will consist of middle and high school groups and their teachers, college/university students and faculty, new senators and government officials, as well as casual visitors and life-long learners. In particular, University of Massachusetts faculty and students will make regular use of the Institute.

More about the programs

Our innovative building

The Institute is being designed by world-renowned architect, Rafael Viñoly. As principal of Rafael Viñoly Architects, he has completed many critically and publicly praised buildings around the world including the Tokyo International Forum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Abu Dhabi Campus for New York University.

More about the building

Learn more about the Senate Immersion Module

The EMK Institute invites students to participate in early development of the Senate Immersion Module (SIM), an educational experience about the U.S. Senate in the Institute's full-scale Chamber. Opening: March 2015.

More about public access programs

The Senate is surely one of the most important bodies in the free world. Each year its decisions affect the hopes and lives of men and women in every part of the globe...”

- Senator Edward M. Kennedy