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Public Learning Resources and Tours

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Tours and Visiting the Institute

The Gallery Tour focuses on how Bob Dole overcame hardships and ended up as the longest-serving Republican leader to date. This tour takes visitors through the exhibit hall detailing Bob Dole’s childhood during the Great Depression, his service and injury in WWII, his work in Congress and the 1996 presidential campaign all the way through his current activities as an active private citizen. Highlights of the building include stained glass window descriptions, WWII Veterans Memory Wall, and beams from the World Trade Center. (20 minute average)

The Archive Tour is for those interested in going behind-the-scenes in the Dole Archive and Special Collections, one of the largest congressional collections in the nation. Learn how archivists preserve and maintain collections. Explore our onsite collection storage that houses over four football field lengths of boxes containing documents, photographs, and objects utilized during Sen. Dole’s 35-plus years in Congress. (20 minute average)

Plan your Visit

Where is the Dole Institute located?
The Dole Institute of Politics is located on the West Campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. Our street address is 2350 Petefish Dr., Lawrence, KS 66045.

Click here for directions on how to reach the Dole Institute

Where do I park on my visit?
Free visitor parking is available at the Dole Institute in the “yellow” lot east of our building. Visitor spots are clearly marked and include handicap parking.

Click here to download a campus parking map from KU Parking (pdf)

How much is admission?
Admission to the Dole Institute is always free. Guided tours are also free, but must be scheduled in advance with our public education coordinator. Admission to public programs is also free, and no ticket is required.

What are your hours?
The Dole Institute is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, Noon – 5 p.m.

May I request a wheelchair and/or scooter for my visit? 
Yes. The Dole Institute has a wheelchair and a motorized scooter for guest use in the museum or during public programs. Please call the Dole Institute at (785) 864-4900 in advance to request either device. These devices may not be taken home or otherwise leave the premises. 

Learn more about the Dole Institute

Archives and Digital Collections: Information on past exhibits, oral histories, VIP letters and other materials from the Dole Archive and Special Collections

World War II Veterans Database: Remembering Kansas veterans who served in WWII in an over 4,800-photograph database.

Public Program Video Archive: Full videos online of past programs ranging from prominent interviews, panels, and ceremonies.

New and Rotating Special Exhibits

Questions, comments or interested in scheduling a visit? Contact our public education coordinator Julie Bergene at least two weeks before your planned visit, and our staff will work with you to tailor a group visit to meet your needs.

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