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“Educational” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Sixth Floor Museum/Texas School Book Depository

The Sixth Floor Museum/Texas School Book Depository
411 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75202 (Downtown Dallas)
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Ranked #3 of 151 attractions in Dallas
Type: History Museums, Historic Sites, Museums, Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Hiking
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located on the sixth floor of the Dallas County Administration Building (formerly the Texas School Book Depository) from which Oswald fired those infamous shots, this historic exhibition chronicles the life, times, assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. Online ticketing is now available through our website.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2009

We spent a couple of hours here. The tour includes a audio (no extra charge) that walks you through the museum.

This was a great tribute to one of our finest presidents taken from us way too early.

We took our 6 and 10 year olds and they found it very interesting and educational as well. This is a must stop.

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“Comprehensive and well-done”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2008

Our family visited the Sixth Floor Museum on September 30, 2008. If you are in our age group and can remember where you were when you learned Kennedy had been shot you have to visit this museum if you are in Dallas. Our son had only read about the assassination in history class in school but he also was impressed with the museum.
The tour is a directed audio tour through individual headphones which works well. The museum itself is a comprehensive piece of history and the displays and videos are very well-done. There are numerous first-person accounts of what happened that day and that in itself is very moving. We were in the museum for about two and a half hours since you can stop and restart the audio tour as often as you want.
The Texas Book Depository has been renovated since 1963 but you can see the front corner window through which Oswald fired at Kennedy's car. We were surprised at how close he was - the car was practically right under the window when he fired. There is a display about all the conspiracy theories that have come up over the years - really fascinating and a lot of evidence for some of the theories.
Photography is not permitted in the museum but you can take photos outside in Dealey Plaza. You can walk on the infamous 'grassy knoll' and stand behind the retaining wall from where many think another gunman fired a shot at Kennedy. It was much closer to the street then we had thought from just looking at pictures over the years.
The memories that are evoked from the displays and the first-person accounts in this museum are very emotional and we saw several people both in the museum and out in the plaza in tears.
This is definitely an attraction not to be missed on a visit to Dallas.

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“A must see - but not a happy topic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2008

This museum is located on the floor where Oswald is said to have shot JFK. It has a comprehensive exhibit starting with an overview of JFK, his presidency, and the trip to Texas. It goes into detail on the specific events to the extent that it can, with stills from the various movies of the event. There is then an extensive discussion of the various investigations, Oswald, the killing of Jack Ruby, and world reaction. It does discuss various conspiracy theories, but does not endorse any of them. (You'll find people down in Dealey Plaza to give you an alternate point of view.)

The museum is not cheap: $13.50 as of June 2008, but that now includes the audio guide. The audio program gives basic information, but much more detail is on the written exhibits. I spent about 3 hours and then had to leave for another appointment, but I wasn't quite finished with the museum. (There are 2 floors of exhibits.) It does get crowded in spots.

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“A Must Do in Dallas!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2008

This is a part of recent history not to be missed. The Sixth Floor Museum is informative and educational. It is a great tribute to JFK and his legacy. There is nothing like it anywhere and worth a visit. You will feel for his legacy and his family after this visit.

The audio tour is good if you have the time. The gift shop is as expected with lots of memorobilia. The staff is helpful as well.

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“Save Your Money”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2008

This is nothing more than what you could or have probably seen on the history channel. I went there expecting JFK artifacts, something. This is nothing more than pictures with captions to be read. Very disappointing. Was also very disappointed that you can't even take pictures out of the window. I understand them not wanting you to take pictures of their displays, but the views from out of the windows are awesome. Gift shop is a joke. The cashier cannot even give change. My daughter wanted to make one of those smashed up pennies and the cashier could not open her drawer to give us a shinny penny. Oh well, I can definately tell you that neither of the three of us though this was worth the money and was throughly disappointed. We have traveled to many places to see historical events, battlefields, and meusems. This definately is at the very bottom of our list.

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