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The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
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Ranked #5 of 258 things to do in Dallas
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: One of Texas’ most visited historic sites, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. The Museum is in the former Texas School Book Depository building, where evidence of a sniper was found after the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Much of the exhibit space looks as it appeared in the 1960s. Highlights include a sniper’s perch, the FBI model used by the Warren Commission, an original teletype machine that first transmitted news of the president’s death, Oswald’s wedding ring, historic films, photos and more. An interactive display overlooks Dealey Plaza. Admission includes an audio guide, available in eight languages including ASL. The museum is open daily in 2018 except Christmas. Timed tickets can be purchased in advance at jfk.org.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a worthwhile trip - to be honest, better than expected. You get a personal headphone set for your guided tour through over 30 panels of information, with additional films to view. It is very very interesting and well presented. it is surreal to look out the window from which the shots were fired.

Thank clipper90
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I didn't know what to expect from this museum, to be honest. I fully anticipated something along the lines of paying an entrance fee, being left alone to roam on the sixth floor and take picture, and leaving shortly thereafter.

I was definitely wrong, but in a good way.

While there are no pictures allowed on the sixth floor, you are provided with an audio guide to accompany you throughout the detailed presentation the museum has expertly curated for you. It took a lot longer to absorb and appreciate than I expected, but that was also a pleasant surprise.

Beginning with the culture/atmosphere of the early 1960's and President Kennedy's election, the tour walks you through everything leading up to that fateful day in November, 1963, and the horrible aftermath. It's engaging, informative, and respectful in how it treats its subject matter, and I left knowing a lot more about the whole situation than I knew going in.

While you can't take pictures on the sixth floor, there are multimedia presentations on the seventh, and pictures are allowed there, including from the spot directly above the notorious corner on the sixth floor. It's also worth your while to explore the memorial across from the building, and the grassy knoll area as well. There are Xs marking the two areas where shots hit the President, and while I'd advise against trying to stand on them in between traffic (though some people certainly did!), it does make it easier for taking pictures.

If you have any interest at all in this horrible yet pivotal moment in American history, definitely go check it out.

Thank Jeff S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of my favorite museums in the US: Well presented documents, objects of evidence and pictures. Also the original shooting position taken by L.H.Oswald can be seen. Closer shooting distance than most people believe.
For those who want to know where the fourth round (Oswald probably fired only three) shot at the motorcade came from - check out the Bodyguards in the limo behind the Governor's Lincoln. Rumor has it that the fourth round accidentally went off when the agent pulled his AR up in panic. Given the known facts - pretty plausible.

Thank Hermann S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The timeline centered layout of the museum captures the many angles of the historic day of Kennedy's assassination. The audio tour takes at least an hour but it is time well spent.

Thank Nerissavh
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Goes above and beyond the setting for the Kennedy assassination. Captures the culture and feel of the world in the early sixties

Thank Dan H M
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