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Dallas-Fort Worth Sights

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Updated 12/31/1969

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On November 22, 1963, shots rang out on Dealey Plaza, at the west end of Downtown, as the presidential motorcade rounded the corner from Houston Street onto the Elm Street approach to the Triple Underpass. Eventually the Warren Commission concluded that President Kennedy was gunned down by Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone and firing from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. The building is now known as the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, where exhibits

explore the life and legacy of JFK, offering context of the politics of the early '60s and the importance of Kennedy's Texas visit. One of the most popular exhibits is the re-creation of the sniper's nest at the southeast window, viewable but not accessible.

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Sight Information

Address:

411 Elm St., Dallas, Texas, 75202, USA

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Phone:

214-747–6660

Website: www.jfk.org

Sight Details:

  • $13.50, including audio tour
  • Mon. noon–6, Tues.–Sun. noon–6

Updated 12/31/1969

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Mar 4, 2007

Very Moving, Go Back in Time and Relive the Experience

I just visited the lovely city of Dallas for the first time this past week. One of the places I sought out after seeing it online was the Sixth Floor Museum. We paid additional for the audiotour and I would HIGHLY recommend it. It takes you back in time to when President Kennedy was shot and shows you exactly what the Book Depository looked like when Oswald took his shots through the window. If you're a history buff you will probably not learn any

new information, but it is still a very powerful, not to be missed experience.

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Mar 7, 2006

Seeing is Believing

Many of us have watched and re-watched the footage from JFK's assassination. Lee Harvey Oswald shot from one of the upper floors of the Book Depository. But to actually stand at the spot where Oswald stood & to watch the footage again at this museum and then go to the window and observe the actual streets the motorcade took that fateful day is to crystallize the moment. Awesome exhibit.

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Dec 5, 2003

A Glimpse Into An Important Era In U.S. History

What better place for a museum dedicated to one of the most controversial events in US history, than the site of the crime itself? The former Texas School Book Depository hosts a great exhibit for anyone interested in the Kennedy era. The corner window (supposedly where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the fatal shot from) is behind glass, and the area has been set up to resemble the way it was found after the shooting. The window has since been replaced,

but currently the original window is on display at the museum. The south-facing windows all offer a good view of the route JFK's motorcade was taking during the drive through Dealey Plaza. The exhibit tells the story of Kennedy's presidency leading up to his visit to Dallas, and then step by step, the events of Nov. 22, 1963 and the crucial events following. It examines the investigation into the President's death, the suspected killer, and other theories, such as the Grassy Knoll. A model of Dealey Plaza used by authorities in the investigation is also on display and helps visitors to get a feel for the area. After leaving the museum, take the time to walk across the road and look up at the window from Dealey Plaza. It's a strange feeling to imagine you are standing where thousands of people witnessed this shocking event 40 years ago...

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