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The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
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Reviewed October 13, 2019

Excellent museum that should be on your list to see when visiting Dallas. The whole family enjoyed it.

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank Lorraine S
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Reviewed October 13, 2019 via mobile

Visit the Sixth Floor Museum and see what was happening in the days and weeks leading up to Kennedy's visit to Dallas in November 1963. Any trip to Dallas Texas should include a visit to the Sixth Floor Museum.

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Reviewed October 13, 2019

Very interesting with tons of memorabilia and details. Definitely worth the time and money. If you're a history buff, you'll love it.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 12, 2019

We visited during the US Labor Day weekend so it was very busy, luckily we had pre-purchased tickets ahead of time for the afternoon session. The museum was very respectful of the Kennedy family in depicting the information, staff were friendly and organised and the audio guide for the tour was informative. The numbering of the exhibition displays and locations were a bit confusing during the tour and with a lot of people it was hard to see it all. Definitely try and go during an off peak time.

Date of experience: September 2019
2  Thank Jessica M
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Reviewed October 10, 2019

A presidential assassination is admittedly the bombshell news of the day, maybe the decade. But the Kennedy shooting happened more than a half century ago. And yet… the controversy rages on. If you don’t think so, just Tweet: “I don’t believe in a conspiracy,” and wait for the avalanche.

The Sixth Floor Museum in downtown Dallas recognizes that debate, often heated. It’s explained in a good chunk of the museum’s interpretive panels on the sixth floor (elevator available) of the old Texas School Book Depository. That was the nondescript building made famous as the perch Lee Harvey Oswald used to shoot the president when his motorcade turned a corner by Dealey Plaza.

Or did Oswald shoot Kennedy? Conspiracy theorists tend to doubt. But the museum seems to think he did, and so it’s recreated the very spot where Oswald hid among boxes of books, even remaking the boxes to look authentic. You can peer out the exact window to see what Oswald saw. Well, not quite. The actual spot is behind Plexiglas so, one supposes, that no one mucks about with the careful box setup. But you can peer out the very next window. Amazingly, from the old photos you can see that the plaza and roads have not changed much. The trees have grown. Oswald would have had a better view.

The one-floor museum (special exhibits upstairs) does a thorough job of explaining not only the circumstances surrounding the assassination, but the general political climate of the early 1960s that made an assassination in Dallas more plausible. The city was strongly conservative, and conservative rhetoric was scraping to the low point of declaring the president to be a dangerous socialist. Maybe even a Commie. Maybe something should be done. Maybe Oswald thought he was the one to do it.

We’ll never know, as Jack Ruby shot Oswald shortly after his arrest. Was Ruby part of a conspiracy? The museum suggests that as a night club owner he actually was more of a publicity hound. And while the conspiracy theories are presented, the museum gingerly, but assertively, leads toward the research that has debunked them.

See the actual camera that made the Zapruder film. The teletype machine that flashed the news. Walter Cronkite breaking down on live television as he announced the death. Free audio guides.

Is it worth $18/adult? If you really don’t care anymore about Kennedy and the 1960s, probably not. But I’m betting you do. And check out the first-floor gift shop.

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank rossf976
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