The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza – Dallas

Sixth Floor MuseumAs I write this post, it is the dawn of a very sad day in American history. It is the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, TX. With that said, I wanted to share our visit to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in his honor. It was eye opening and very sad. I wasn’t born yet when he was assassinated, but my mom and grandma have told me stories about remembering where they were and what they were doing when they heard he was killed. Not surprisingly, that day will still probably elicit memories from people here in the US and around the world. kennedy-sixth-floor-museum-1The Sixth Floor Museum is full of such stories, and examines the life, times, death, and legacy of President Kennedy. This is done by using historic films, photographs, artifacts and interpretive displays to document the events of the assassination, the reports by government investigations that followed, and the historical legacy of the national tragedy. The museum was founded by the Dallas County Historical Foundation, and opened its doors on Presidents’ Day, February 20, 1989.

kennedy-sixth-floor-museum-2Located on the sixth floor of the Dallas County Administration Building (formerly the Texas School Book Depository) in downtown Dallas, Texas, it overlooks Dealey Plaza at the intersection of Elm and Houston Streets. It is also the very spot from which Lee Harvey Oswald, according to four government investigations, shot and killed the President on November 22, 1963.   Being quite interested in Kennedy, it was very exciting to visit and explore the memory and effects of the events surrounding his assassination. I was amazed at all the exhibits and the amount of information and documentation they had. They have the whole museum laid out in a grid starting with The Early Sixties. As you walk through the museum they tell the story through exhibits such as: The Trip to Dallas, The Crisis Hour, the Nation & World Response, and end with The Legacy. kennedy-sixth-floor-museum-3Along the way we were also able to see the Corner Window and the Snipers Perch, This space is accurately recreated based on crime scene photographs, and is in the southeast corner of the Sixth Floor Museum.  It’s hard to stand there and not wonder what was going through Oswald’s mind as he was sitting there waiting for Kennedy’s motorcade to turn the corner. I can’t even imagine. We spent quite a bit of time walking around and exploring. Make sure you pick up the audio guide before you start the tour.  It is included with admission and available in English, Spanish, German, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. Of course they have little placards, but you get much more information by listening to the audio guide as you move through the museum

kennedy-dealey-plazaAfter we left the museum we made our way over to check out the grassy knoll and the John F Kennedy Memorial Plaza. The memorial is located on Market Street between Main and Commerce. Dedicated in 1970, it was designed by Philip Johnson as a cenotaph, or “open tomb,” to symbolize the freedom of President Kennedy’s spirit. It was very touching and special to be able to see this little bit of hope from such a tragedy. They did a very good job. Here is a link to their website with hours and pricing.

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2 comments on “The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza – Dallas
  1. Hi Andrew, thank you so much for your comment. Yes, they do talk about the Grassy Knoll, the FBI investigation and conspiracy questions. Of course, no answers, but it is quite detailed. They also talk about the “magic bullet”. Hope you can make it there one day. Thanks again for the comment, and happy travels. p.s. I like your blog 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing this. I\’ve always wanted to visit Dealey Plaza; I feel it\’s such an important location in American history. I\’m not a conspiracy theorist on this, but I\’m curious as to how the museum presents the assassination. Do they touch upon the grassy knoll, etc., or do they stick to the conventional story?

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