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The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas

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Located in the building where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the three infamous shots that killed John F. Kennedy, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza examines the life, death, and legacy of the 35th president of the United States. The museum's exhibits use historic films, photographs, and interpretive displays to present the assassination in a historical context, drawing on government investigations that followed the event. This is the only place in the world where you can take a look through the very window on which Oswald leaned as he fired upon the presidential motorcade. Remember that only a limited number of visitors can enter at any one time, so be sure to book your timed-entry tickets well in advance. To visit The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and get the most from your holiday in Dallas, create itinerary details personal to you using our Dallas vacation trip planner.
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  • Unless you have a half day, I would not recommend. It is really long. We had a 4:30 and were unable to finish before the 6 pm cut off. If you don't have the time, pay for the tour and go to the window...  more »
  • The sixth floor museum is $16 for an adult ticket which gets you entry into the museum and the Audio tour. It's brilliant. The story of JFK and his legacy is beautifully told and the photos and films ...  more »
  • A great museum and audio tour for anyone interested in the life and death of JFK. The audio tour is included in the admission price and takes you through the entire museum. The museum also offers grea...  more »
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  • Really cool. The setup flows very well and there is a wealth of information about President Kennedy's tenure, as well as his last days. Admission was inexpensive ($16, 14 after military discount) and included a self guided audio tour. It was very crowded though, which was surprising for the middle of the day on a Monday. Can't imagine what it's like on the weekend.
  • Great museum. Took almost 3 hours for us from start to finish. They tell you at the entrance that you need to get out within half an hour. Not true!! No way you can digest all that information in half an hour and with the crowd, it is slow. Highly recommended!
  • A truly awesome experience. The audio tour is brilliantly constructed. What a powerful feeling it is looking down on the plaza and seeing the layout we've seen in films so often. Very open view of the whole incident. Just delivers facts we know and doesn't try to push any one answer.
  • Being 11 years old in New York on 11/22/63, I very well recall that day and carried a bad feeling about Dallas for decades. A recent visit to the city and this Museum helped me realize the good qualities of this city, and the Museum was a fine place to explore for an hour or so. Having grown up with a fascination of JFK and his history, the biographical pictures and few artifacts were not important (the JFK library in Boston is a better biographical source), but standing in the windows overlooking the street was truly moving. Worth a visit and of course walking around outside (the "grassy knoll") is incredible for those of a certain age.
  • An incredible opportunity to stand in the place where history was made. I love the fact that everywhere in the plaza is accessible, including the grassy knoll. The museum presents the official story well and the audio tour is extensive, making the tour very good value. Don't expect to have all your questions answered though. Make sure to talk to the people outside the museum around Dealey plaza to get multiple perspectives on the event.

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