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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Very well documented walking-tour with headsets. Pictures, video, view of the street recreation. Amazing and sad. A must see for anyone old enough to remember.
This museum was very interesting. It was well presented and well preserved. However I didn't learn too much that I didn't know before. It was still amazing to see the view from the windows.
This museum does a wonderful job of presenting the presidency of J.F.K. and the events leading up to, during and following the horrific assassination of our president in 1963. It is self-guided throug... read more »
As a big JFK history nut, I wanted so much more. I would have preferred an interactive tour or a tour guide. The museum entrance staff are very polite but you're left on your own to figure out where to go. Once you enter the 6th floor, everyone just moves along quietly just listening to their audio headsets. You occasionally find little theaters with video clips. I didn't get the "no photo" policy, there weren't any real artifacts... mostly replicas. The only artifact I can recall was Oswald's wedding ring. There are no tour guides to answer questions but there are plenty of security guards walking around to make sure people are not on a phone. The parking attendants are pretty rude. I could not understand their accents for the life of me. The staff in the cafe across the street consisted of about 5 teenage employees just standing around talking about their personal lives. Everything you find in there is the same expensive stuff you will find in the museum building. There are a lot of pushy vendors out in Dealey Plaza trying to sell you newspaper replicas and DVD footage. Overall, a must do for JFK fans.
Keneedy's death is still a mystery and this place certainly helps you understand much of the context surrounding his assassination. The waiting line is usually a bit bad, but you can buy tickets for pre determined times so you don't have to stay in line until your group is to enter the museum. There are other things to do around the area so you can buy the ticket and go for a stroll. One thing I really liked is that there is a parking lot right next to the building, which helps a lot. It is actually the parking lot where allegedly the second shooter fired at Kennedy - pretty infamous place to be parking, but still convenient from a location point of view. Overall, the audio guide they offer is very informative and allows one to enjoy the exhibits without having to read through all the boards, notes and seeing the tv clips... I'd recommend this museum to others and would consider visiting again if in Dallas with friends or family.
First of all, the Google highlight picture is not actually the museum. It's across the street. The museum had several dozen small exhibits (like a bullet and cameras), but was mostly reader boards, pictures, and videos with a pre recorded headset. Might be a little boring for kids.
If you love American/Presidential history this has to be on your to do list when you go to Dallas. This was my second time there and liked it a lot. There is a $5 parking lot next to the building but if if is full there are other nearby lots for under $10. Entrance is $16 but you get a little device with a headphone which you can control at your pace as it gives you a detailed tour of the exhibit. Don't rush to the next display. Wish to hit play until you've read everything on the boards and watched every clip. The actual snipers near is preserved behind a glass but take a couple of steps to the right or go directly above to the 7th floor and look down at the X markings on the street to see the angles a sniper would've had. At the gift shop there are plenty of cool mementos. They have newspapers that get republished from the day after the shooting and are available for purchase. There are models of the Presidential limo and AF1 as well. This is far from the only place but I don't understand why museums and other tourist venues that sell postcards don't sell stamps? USPS needs to get on this. Go up 3 blocks on Elm Street. There is a 7-11 there that has stamps.
This has to be one of the most amazing experiences an museums. This is a great spot for a history-phile. The museum takes you through the eras, ideas, movements, and even breaks down moment by moment what happened the day of Kennedy's assassination and Oswald's escape and capture. You even get to see the window that changed history. It is so sad. They make a great effort to make you feel what people felt. Honestly, it brought a tear to my eye. Such a waste and it is sad to see his wife and kids attempt to be poised during such a tragic time. So sad, but an incredible museum. If you are in Texas, you need to make the trip.
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