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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.

    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.

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    BOSTON, MA - 3/06/2015: Front lobby at The Ted Kennedy Institute (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: MAGAZINE TOPIC 0329SenatePhoto(2)
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    The front lobby of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

    BOSTON, MA - 3/06/2015:Senator Kennedy's office set up from Washington DC at The Ted Kennedy Institute (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: MAGAZINE TOPIC 0329SenatePhoto(2)
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    Senator Kennedy's Washington office was recreated at the institute, down to the tennis balls under the desk for his dogs.

    BOSTON, MA - 3/06/2015: Students from Quincy and North Quincy sit in a Senate mockup at The Ted Kennedy Institute (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: MAGAZINE TOPIC 0329SenatePhoto(2)
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    Students from Quincy and North Quincy sat in a mock US Senate session.

    BOSTON, MA - 3/06/2015: Students in a mock up session learn about how to pass a Bill at The Ted Kennedy Institute (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: MAGAZINE TOPIC 0329SenatePhoto(2)
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    BOSTON, MA - 3/06/2015: Ceiling inside the Senate Chamber at The Ted Kennedy Institute (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: MAGAZINE TOPIC 0329SenatePhoto(2)
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    The ceiling inside the recreated Senate Chamber.