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“Surprisingly powerful! A very nostalgic experience, and very sad. Two hours recommended.”

The Sixth Floor Museum/Texas School Book Depository
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Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
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JFK Assassination and Museum Tour in Dallas
Ranked #2 of 245 things to do in Dallas
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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.
Reviewed February 9, 2013

While in Dallas for a conference, I went to The Sixth Floor Museum in the former Texas School Book Depository. The landscape there has not changed much since the assassination of John F Kennedy there in 1963. From the sixth floor, you can sight down the trajectory of the tragic shots. You can look across Dealy Plaza to the grassy knoll, unchanged for a half-century. You can witness the grief of a nation. You can study the conspiracy theories.

The museum tour is guided by an interactive audio headset and includes several video exhibits. The tour begins with an exhibit poignantly conveying the political climate of the times, the idealistic youth of the nation, the charismatic political rise of JFK, and his legacy; the Peace Corps, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the goal of putting a man on the moon – which the USA accomplished before the end of the decade as JFK promised, although he was not alive to see it. Only a small fraction of the museum is devoted to the assassination itself, but it is a powerful multi-media exhibit that gives you the aching sense of shock, loss and anger felt by the witnesses and by the Americans who received the news on a November afternoon in 1963.

I spent about two hours there. It reminded me of the turbulent political era that surrounded my childhood. It brought back memories of a shocking event that shook the world some 50 years ago. I left the museum and walked around Dealy Plaza feeling deep sadness and outrage for the untimely and unjust loss of JFK. You might feel it too. This museum is a must-see.

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Reviewed February 8, 2013

I remember the assassination quite well and was easy to walk 2 blocks from the hotel to see it. The building is better in reality than photos. The photo exhibit from the beginning of JFK's trip to Dallas and the area where events are said to have taken place give one chills and tears.

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Reviewed February 6, 2013

It's amazing how from such a tragic event, such a wonderful museum can be built. The curator has done a wonderful job of being unbiased, and has dedicated quite a bit to the consiracy theories that abound from the JFK murder. There are nice tributes and background info about the days and weeks leading up to that day + plenty of background info on JFK and his family.

My only disapointment is the inability to take photo's of any kind on the 6th floor, all I ask is.......

What is the Government hiding?? (Jokingly ofcourse)

Thank CRAIG M
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Very interesting and eye-opening museum highlighting one of the previous century's great mysteries. Lots of informative and well-designed displays describing the how, when and where - but not the why ;-) - of all aspects and events leading up to and following the assassination.

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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Enjoyed our tour. I thought things were presented fairly and clearly. Enjoyed seeing all the photographs and items. We rented the headphones and did the self-guided tour.

Thank Corgimom
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