Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
On his visit to Dallas on 22 November, 1963, President John F. Kennedy rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza on his way to the Dallas Trade Mart. In the presidential car with Kennedy were his wife Jacqueline, Texas Governor John Connally, and his wife Nellie. Hundreds of well-wishers were scattered throughout the Plaza. Nellie Connally's last words to Kennedy, "Mr. President, you can't say Dallas doesn't love you!" reflected the sentiment of the crowd.
Suddenly, at 12:30pm, after the motorcade turned from Houston Street onto Elm Street, shots were fired, killing President Kennedy and wounding Governor Connally. Bob Jackson, a Dallas Times Herald photographer, was in a press car in motorcade, eight cars behind the President. After he heard a third shot, Jackson looked up and spotted a rifle at a sixth-floor corner window in the Texas School Book Depository building.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is an educational and permanent historic exhibit that examines the life, times, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy within the context of American history. The museum's exhibition area uses historic films, photographs, artifacts and interpretive displays to document the events of the assassination, the findings of the official investigations that followed and the historical legacy of that national tragedy.
The Kennedy assassination remains one of the most significant events in American history and the assassination site is the most visited historic site in North Texas. Many of the visitors to the site come to resolve feelings of grief that persist even after over three decades. Still others, those too young to remember (now over half of the U.S. population), come to learn more about a man and an event that profoundly shaped the United States.
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The Museum is located on the Sixth Floor of the Dallas County Administration Building (formerly the Texas School Book Depository) at 411 Elm Street at Houston in downtown Dallas
Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00am to 6:00pm
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Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
- Admission to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
- Audio Tour
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Photography is not allowed in the Museum
A dramatic audio tour of The Sixth Floor as told by the people who were there is included, to guide visitors through the exhibition. The recorded tour incorporates excerpts from historic radio broadcasts and the voices of reporters, police officers, eyewitnesses and others commenting on President Kennedy and his place in history. Narrator for the audio tour is Pierce Allman, the first journalist to broadcast from the Texas School Book Depository on November 22, 1963. The audio tour is available in seven languages as well as a children's version, along with a video composed of the films used in the exhibition.
Reviewed by: Aimee D, September 2015
A must if in Dallas the history regarding president Kennedy's assignation is very interesting.
Reviewed by: Peter S, September 2015
Having lived through the actual happenings it was very good to see it all up close. The tour brought everything back and it was especially heart wrenching to be there on the 14th anniversary of 911.