The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
4.5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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 except Thanksgiving and Christmas. RECOMMENDED: Buy timed-entry tickets in advance at jfk.org. The most convenient paid parking is adjacent to the building; stay in the far right lane of Elm Street to enter the parking lot.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Dave B
    Euless, Texas117 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating
    Went to the sixth floor museum for the first time and found it very informative. The whole story around the assassination is well laid out and told along with good info on Kennedy himself. Was crowded but thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Summer K
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana330 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You'll Need a Minimum of Two Hours
    This museum is extremely thorough and very well done! We visited once before many years ago, but it has been greatly expanded and improved. We ended up spending more than two and a half hours there and felt like we didn't see everything. The Kennedy Assassination has always been an intriguing subject for us, and this museum handles the topic tastefully and with great respect. I highly recommend this educational and thought-provoking experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • dprussell80
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Museum
    This museum was worth every cent and then some. They did a great job showing the events prior to the assassination and the events that followed. Well done! It was riveting! I remember well the day this happened and the announcement at my school shortly after the news broke. I have been learning about this heinous act ever since. The detail in the museum was fabulous! Thank you very much
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 31, 2023
  • James B
    60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History made
    Learning about JFK’s assassination in School led me to want to learn more. I visited the museum while on a business trip. JFK’s museum has a lot of interesting history. Takes about 30 mins to 2 hours
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Droplet1927
    Madison, Wisconsin681 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting visit to what seems like a lifetime ago.
    This is a well laid out museum that gives the context of JFK's presidency, his visit to Dallas, video presentations, follow-up investigations and worldwide response. The artifacts on display were interesting. We spent about two hours. One of our party was in a wheelchair and was accessible to the exhibits and displays.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Ilovepuntacana19
    117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see….
    In my opinion, the Sixth Floor Museum was amazing. I’ve always been intrigued about JFK. To be inside that building was very surreal. There was a lot of information posted along with videos. Even after studying the events in school and writing papers on it, I still learned some things. We went on a weekday around noon-ish and it wasn’t overly crowded. There were several people there but I didn’t feel like I had to wait long to read a board or watch a video. The atmosphere inside was very hushed (as it should be) and solemn. I wouldn’t bring small children personally as it might be a bit boring for them. I saw some children in strollers and parents taking turns looking at the displays. The price was decent for such a popular site. Adult tickets were $18 and youth (6-18) was $14. There is a gift shop with memorabilia available.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Klibra
    Chicago, Illinois174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History buffs, do not miss this moving experience
    On a hot Dallas day after taking a wonderful tour of the parade route and seeing where Oswald lived and what he did after the shooting, we ended up back at the Museum. I say it was a highlight of my brief stay in Dallas. The museum is full of articles, photos, history and movies and clips of the JFK Presidency and his last day of life in Dallas. Besides being able to see the room and window it happended, the most moving things were all the tributes international dignataries left for him. It is truly a must stop!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 22, 2023
  • ColoradoTravelsWorld
    299 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for History buffs, not for young children
    This was an interesting museum for people who dig American History, criminal history, and an in depth look at a president's life and the times surrounding it. I would not recommend this museum for families with young children as there are very few tactile items to observe. The museum is mainly reading and looking at pictures. Personally, I enjoyed it because I love to read in depth historical information, but I would not have brought my teen children here as they would have been bored after 30 minutes. We gave ourselves 90 minutes as that is what was advertised, but I am one of the people that reads ALL the placards and looks at the images and I only got 2/3 of the way through the museum (I'm a quick reader, too). I think any 2-2 1/2 hours would have been better for me personally. It wasn't too crowded on a Thursday afternoon, but definitely more people than I expected (probably about 40 on average while I was there) so you were easily able to spread out.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 2, 2023
  • yumm2011
    New York City, New York297 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see in Dallas
    The museum is very informative and thought provoking. Seeing the scene of assassination on the 6th floor replicated exactly was poignant. Later went outside to stand by Grassy Knoll and took it all in.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 12, 2023
  • ywurry
    Dewsbury, United Kingdom764 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating, interesting and though provoking
    One of the main reasons we visited Dallas and I didn’t really know what to expect. We booked to arrive at 2:30 thinking this would be enough time and for the main section it was, but there was a further area with video which we only managed to watch part of before it all closed. It is giving the tail of what is alleged to have happened, although still has a number of questions and leaves many conspiracy theory doors open. I am not convinced it is the true story but certainly is plausible. I would love to go back again now I’ve had time to think about what was said and the layout. There has been a recent news story from a secret service agent after 60 years which brings some doubt on the lone shooter theory and this may not be the end of the story Well worth a few hours visit
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
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mscj12
Colorado Springs, CO7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This was an excellent museum, documenting JFK's life. Very well done, photo's, audio, films, interactive monitors, looking down on the street that he was assassinated was a powerful, emotional experience, even tho it was before my time. Several conspiracy theories were displayed also. A huge part of American history, I would recommend every American see this museum.
Written February 1, 2020
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Keri B
Grimsby, Canada59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
The Sixth Floor Museum is a must see for anyone visiting Dallas. The exhibit creates an amazing picture of the time period and evokes a lot of emotion. The exhibit is very detailed and you will be provided with a headset which includes an audio tour.

Give yourself about two hours to go through the museum and the grounds outside (the grassy knoll and pedestal where the Zapruder footage was filmed)

Be prepared for crowds. It might be better to visit on a weekday if you can. I went on a Saturday morning and it was already packed when I arrived at 10 am.

I suggest purchasing your admission ticket at the museum store across the street. I did and there was no line. There appeared to be a fairly long line to purchase tickets at the museum itself.
Written February 23, 2020
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Aprilforshee
Marietta, GA5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Unless you just HAVE to go up to see where the alleged shooter allegedly shot from, then skip this museum. You're better off spending $18 and reading a book about it because that's exactly what the museum is. It's just a bunch of photos and signs to read.

Also, which was so strange, is that the security staff monitors this place like the crown jewels are on display or something.
Written April 19, 2021
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Barbara E
Pine Hall, NC48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
My husband and I went with our young adult sons. We all enjoyed the tour and found it very interesting and informative. The audio self guided tour was great and really added to the experience. It was very crowded the day we went, so we spent a good bit of time waiting in lines (tickets, entry, museum displays). The organization of the exhibits was a little disorganized for handling crowds. There were videos to watch and listen to disbursed among the exhibits and this caused a delay in people being able to move through. Overall it was a good experience and I would highly recommend it.
Written January 4, 2020
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Delmar M
Sun Prairie, WI434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Pay the money for the headphones and the playback device and follow the instructions on the player. This is an outstanding recreation of the shooters location and timeline of the shooting.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, a must for every trip to Dallas. We spent 2 hours reading cards and taking the tour.
Written March 1, 2020
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Cassandra F
San Antonio, TX31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
This museum is really well put together. The flow of the information follows a clear timeline and provide a ton of information. Plan to spend at least 2 hours here. They were practicing and enforcing physical distancing to the point that it was required that we buy our ticket prior to our visit online. However, once you got up to the actual exhibit they weren't enforcing physical distancing and a lot of people would congregate around the different information displays which was a little frustrating.
Written December 8, 2020
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no_444
Melbourne, Australia311 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Many attraction websites these days urge you to book online to secure a specific timed entry to avoid delays. If you are on a long road trip, being able to determine an exact date and time can be difficult. This was only one of 2 places we booked online for our entire trip, and I would recommend you doing this (albeit at an $1 per ticket extra cost). We visited at 10am on a Saturday morning and the lines for buying tickets were long, and then these people had to wait around for their allotted timed entry. Visit time = at least 1.5 to 2 hours.
Written May 18, 2023
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MorganK
Clarksville, TN9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
A must when visiting Dallas, if only for historical significance. Plan for about an hour and half (not including wait time). Order tickets online if possible, as the lines are long, and can sell out by late morning or early afternoon for the whole day. Inside can be crowded, and difficult to read some of the information (especially in alcove areas).
Written January 2, 2020
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MelissaWP
Shorewood, IL481 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We spent 2.5 hours here on a Thursday from 10:30 to 1:00. We were surprised that we had to pay $10 for parking given there is already an admission price for the museum. We had purchased our tickets in advance of the trip so we simply showed them to the employee on my phone and skipped the line. It was actually very crowded when we arrived to the point of being somewhat uncomfortable and having to stand around with 10-12 others while reading or looking at something, but after about an hour the crowd thinned and it was much more comfortable and manageable. Our overall impression of this museum is that it was very informative and well organized. We then spent 20 minutes wandering outside.
Written September 18, 2022
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Michael W
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Very informative museum that did a good job covering the events of the JFK assassination as well as the general culture at the time. Tour is primarily audio, and included with entrance price. Only negative was the museum was very crowded, made it difficult to get close enough to see/read about some of the artifacts and exhibits.
Written January 5, 2020
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