Dorchester's EMK Institute to re-open with group reservations

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate plans to open to group reservations on Wednesdays at the beginning of October.

The institute on Columbia Point in Dorchester announced its plans Wednesday, saying it will reopen in accordance with federal, state and city rules and through the use of mobile ticketing, contactless entry, touch-free exhibits, one-way walk paths, hand sanitizing stations, and an increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas.

"The health and safety of our visitors is priority number one," said Victoria Reggie Kennedy, board president and co-founder of the institute. "Our team has worked diligently these last few weeks to follow state and local guidelines to plan for a safe and enjoyable experience for our guests, and we are excited to be able to welcome them back."

The institute also announced new virtual and online public and educational programs dealing with voting and social justice. "Institute programming this fall will be complemented by new virtual field trips, conversations, and tours with Institute staff made available to students, teachers, and groups on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Educational experiences at the Institute, such as Today’s Vote and The Citizen’s Senate, along with its exhibits, will use digital devices, immersive role playing, and simulation to teach civics and inspire the next generation of leaders."