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Inside the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate

A close look inside how the Kennedy Institute will look and feel for its first visitors.

Bruce T. Martin/Photographer

In the days and weeks leading up to the March 29 opening, officials at the EMK Institute had students coming in to test the software, use the Senate chamber, and make sure the Android-based tablets worked as planned. Kennedy’s replica office was finalized down to the last detail.

The front lobby of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. David L. Ryan/globe staff/Globe Staff
Senator Kennedy's Washington office was recreated at the institute, down to the tennis balls under the desk for his dogs. David L. Ryan/globe staff/Globe Staff
Students from Quincy and North Quincy sat in a mock US Senate session. David L. Ryan/globe staff
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The ceiling inside the recreated Senate Chamber. David L. Ryan/globe staff/Globe Staff