On November 22, 1963, US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Today many attractions and monuments in the city commemorate not only that tragic day, but the man himself. Here are a few sights you should definitely not miss.
Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
411 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75202
The Sixth Floor Museum is at the site of the Texas Book Depository, where Lee Harvey Oswald shot the president in 1963. A rifle and sniper’s perch were later found here, on the sixth floor. Though the museum commemorates a grim occasion in American history, it does so respectfully and in a way that enriches visitors’ appreciation and understanding of Kennedy and his life.
Admission, which is covered by the Dallas CityPASS, includes an audio tour that allows you to explore the fascinating timeline of JFK’s life—detailed through various exhibits, personal family photos, documentaries, and interactive displays—on your own. History buffs can take a private guided tour that focuses on JFK’s assassination, and includes museum admission and round-trip transportation.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is a must for history and JFK enthusiasts.
Buying skip-the-line tickets in advance is highly recommended, as the wait at entry can be quite long.
Discounted admission is available for seniors and those under age 18.
Photography is prohibited.
Due to the somber subject matter, the museum is not recommended for children under age 6.
The entire museum is accessible to wheelchair users and those with special needs.
How to Get There
The museum is located at 411 Elm Street in downtown Dallas, easily accessible by major highways. It’s also a short walk from public transit: three blocks from West End Station and five blocks from Union Station. If driving, there is paid on-site parking.
When to Get There
The Sixth Floor Museum is open from 10am to 6pm Tuesday through Sunday, and from 12pm to 6pm on Monday. For a more contemplative experience, try to visit early in the day on a weekday, rather than on weekends or holidays.
Exhibits of Note
The Sixth Floor Museum provides historical context for the events of, and after, JFK’s assassination in 1963. There are historical images, news footage, artifacts, and more. Among the museum’s more unusual items is Lee Harvey Oswald’s 14-karat gold Russian wedding ring, which he left behind at home in a teacup on the morning of John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
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