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The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza Dallas

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The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
411 Elm Street
Suite #120
Dallas
TX
75202
Tel: 214 747 6660

Directions

The Museum is housed on the sixth and seventh floors of the former Texas School Book Depository, known today as the Dallas County Administration Building. The address is 411 Elm at Houston streets, in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas. Visitor parking is conveniently located adjacent to the Museum; the cost is $5 daily. Parking for large vehicles such as RVs and buses may be found on Houston Street, two blocks north of the Museum. Public transportation includes DART light rail and the Trinity Railway Express. Rail services from Union Station and the West End Station (light rail only) are a short walk from the Museum.

Where are we going today?

There are only a few people who have a true impact on the future and past of the United States, and when he was assassinated on November 22, 1963, it shocked the world. 

Parents, you will remember the moment, and now at the Sixth Floor Museum the next generation can begin to understand all about the great man, and why he was so important.

The museum has been educating visitors and families since 1989. Families who want to tell the stories of their time in the 1960s, or families who want to broaden their education on the life of JFK.

All of the exhibits at the Sixth Floor Museum interpret the life, death and legacy of this president. The museum want to encourage conversation, and give those who visit a more in depth understanding.

Each of the exhibits cover a certain theme. The reason the museum is called The Sixth Floor Museum, is because the location is actually the place where they believe the sniper was positioned on that fateful day. The exhibit John F Kennedy and the Memory of a Nation is in the room where significant evidence of a sniper was found. The exhibition recreates the context of the time, and looks into the impact that JFK had on American culture.

The exhibits continue to change, so there is always something new to see when you visit next. Exhibits in the past have covered the journalists positions, the history of Dallas, and the city through photographs. 

The collections at the museum have over 45,000 related items related to the assassination, so it really is a huge learning experience. 

A moving, fascinating and important museum to visit in Dallas.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$16
  • Children$13 (ages 6 to 18)
  • Free Under: 5 years (or $4 with audio guide)
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Monday 12pm - 6pm / Tues - Sun 10am - 6pm

All year round, daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas

Teachers corner

Groups of 20 or more are eligible for a group discount. One teacher per 10 students is admitted free, and it's also a great lesson for the children! .

I'm Hungry!

There is a Museum Cafe across the street where you can get drinks, pastries and sandwiches - and treats! .

Any Top Tips?

The tickets are timed by entry in 30 minute blocks, so consider booking online as they are often sold out .

Need a little extra help?

The Museum is accessible to wheelchair users and others with special needs. An accessible entrance can be found at the NW corner of the Museum. Wheelchairs are located in the Visitors Center and are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. .

Can I get one of those?

There is a Museum Store across the street from the museum with a great range of items, especially inspired by pop culture of the 1960s. There is also a bookstore in the museum with souvenirs .

More information

The admission price includes the audio guide .

What people are saying?

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    There is a reason they don't want people taking pictures here. I feel that this place barely qualifies as a museum and should probably be reclassified a walk through documentary. There is very little here in terms of exhibits and really the coolest part is being able to stand in the same spot that Lee Harvey Oswald shot the president from. If you are coming here hoping to see artifacts you will be disappointed by what probably numbered only 5 displays. Also, the museum really seemed to largely focus on the presidency as a whole when it came to the...Read More

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    It was amazing to see it first hand and walk around Dealy Plaza. The displays are well put together and bring back a piece of history, but it also is very one sided and doesnt take in to consideration the aspects of the controversy surrounding the reports. The photos are amazing, the view from the seventh floor is incredible and strange all at once, but again, the information seems very tempered to the single gunman theory and lacks the consideration of all the different reports.

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    Gave it a four star rating due to the historic significance. We did not do the audio tour and if we did that may have enhanced the experience. The place is small and when we where there it was crowded which took away from the experience.

    Despite this it is still pretty cool to check out and see the actual location where Oswald allegedly fired three shots from the sixth floor. The exhibits do a good mood moving you through that time period leading up to and after the assassination.

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    A poster here seems to think that a 'magic bullet' was needed. But in fact it was not.. the trajectory of the single bullet that hit both victims line up perfectly with the wound forensics... through JFK's base of the neck, out through his throat and entered JBC's back near the armpit, etc

    The same poster says the head shot frames are missing. From what I understand the museum deems these frames too gruesome for the exhibit.

    Head wound ballistics experts have noted that the head shot came from behind. And even in 1963 one physicist, when asked...Read More

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    Pretty cool and well worth the admission. The flow of the timeline focused, self-guided tour is well laid out and very detailed with lots of great exhibits.

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by Travis Thomas

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There is a reason they don't want people taking pictures here. I feel that this place barely qualifies as a museum and should probably be reclassified a walk through documentary. There is very little here in terms of exhibits and really the coolest part is being able to stand in the same spot that Lee Harvey Oswald shot the president from. If you are coming here hoping to see artifacts you will be disappointed by what probably numbered only 5 displays. Also, the museum really seemed to largely focus on the presidency as a whole when it came to the walk through tour and less was said about the assassination, it's repercussions, and the conspiracy theories that float around about it. My final opinion about this place is on the price. The price was reasonable, just $16, however even though it was the middle of the week when I expected it to be slow there was still a 30 minute wait in line to get in. Also, the gift shop was pretty marked up. There were some things that were similar to the GWB museum in Dallas that were 3x the price.

TLDR: If you are looking to stand where Lee Harvey Oswald shot President Kennedy from this place is alright. But it doesn't really qualify as a museum.

by ARTZY64

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A poster here seems to think that a 'magic bullet' was needed. But in fact it was not.. the trajectory of the single bullet that hit both victims line up perfectly with the wound forensics... through JFK's base of the neck, out through his throat and entered JBC's back near the armpit, etc

The same poster says the head shot frames are missing. From what I understand the museum deems these frames too gruesome for the exhibit.

Head wound ballistics experts have noted that the head shot came from behind. And even in 1963 one physicist, when asked if the head shot came from in front, said "no physicist will tell you that" The video of that statement is on YouTube. The poster says 'common sense' tells us the head shot came from the front. Well, you need more than common sense to get a degree in science.

One can use Google Images to see many photos of the motorcade all along the route, taken by professionals and amateurs alike. You can clearly see the seating positions which place the victims in line for the single bullet (The Oliver Stone movie has JFK & JBC aligned as in a regular car; in fact The Connallys were seated lower and more inboard than the Kennedys.. thus eliminating the need for any bullet having to zig-zag in mid air.

I believe that Oswald as lone gunman is at least plausible, since science has shown that. I also lean toward 'no conspiracy' regarding the actual mechanics of the assassination since no one has proven otherwise. I suspect however, that there may have been a plot to cover up blunders & incompetence by security, possibly implicating the CIA/SS/FBI.

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