The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza – Dallas, Texas

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is a museum located on the sixth floor of the Dallas County Administration Building (formerly the Texas School Book Depository) in downtown Dallas, Texas, overlooking Dealey Plaza at the intersection of Elm and Houston Streets. The museum examines the life, times, death, and legacy of United States President John F. Kennedy, and the life of Lee Harvey Oswald, as well as the various conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination.

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.

Despite the sad circumstances that led to its creation, the Sixth Floor Museum is a fantastic tribute to the memory of a beloved American president. Whether you’re old enough to remember exactly where you were the day you heard the news, or you want to bring history to life for your kids or students, come and experience again an event that changed the world. 

The museum’s exhibition area uses historic films, photographs, artifacts, and interpretive displays to document the events of the assassination, the reports by government investigations that followed, and the historical legacy of the tragedy. The museum is self-sufficient in funding, relying solely on donations and ticket sales. It rents the space from the County of Dallas.

The museum was founded by the Dallas County Historical Foundation. It opened on Presidents’ Day, February 20, 1989. A museum webcam features a live view from the sixth-floor sniper’s nest. It is not meant to glorify the shooting in any way.

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 also offers a Living History Series, special events, and educational resources – including distance learning and educational programs and the Oral History Project. Transcripts and audio-video recordings of oral history interviews, as well as other library materials, are available by appointment in our Reading Room. 

One great part of this museum is that you can draw your own interpretation from the information provided. For example, there’s an interactive map for visitors to study that leads you through the exact route taken by the presidential motorcade.

You can dig deeper with film footage, photographs, and interviews from people who saw the motorcade passing. An interactive touch-screen that overlooks Dealey Plaza recreates each point along the route, detailing the events, eyewitnesses, and more.

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