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6th Floor Museum Dallas Texas

The 6th Floor Museum in Dallas, Texas is a comprehensive look at the assassination of the U.S. President John F Kennedy. It is housed in the very building where Lee Harvey Oswald fired his rifle. When you’re in Dallas, it’s a must see place to visit to learn about this dark period in our history.

Sixth Floor Museum Dallas

6th Floor Museum

While President Kennedy was assassinated before my birth a few years, I still grew up learning about his presidency and assassination both in school and in my own home. My father actually met JFK the day before he died at Brooks Air Force Base School of Aerospace Medicine. My dad was in one of the first classes there.

Now, I’m married to a man who is really into the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination. Given all of this, you would think that I wouldn’t have learned anything at the museum. You would be wrong. I actually learned quite a bit and it was interesting.

Photos

When you arrive at the museum, you will ride an elevator up to the actually museum, which is full of photos of not only November 22, 1963, but also the rest of JFK’s life. The phones above are actually photo mosaics made from photos of President and Mrs. Kennedy.

Sixth Floor Museum Dallas

Many, many people loved President Kennedy, which is expected since he won the Presidency. A lot of people did not like him though. I don’t think that ever changes. Every president since I can remember is both loved and hated.

Sixth Floor Museum Dallas

This is President Kennedy’s coffin sitting in State in the Capital building. Leaders from around the world came to the United States to pay their respects to President Kennedy and the United States.

Sixth Floor Museum Dallas

Models

The assassination occurred on Elm Street, as the President’s motorcade was passing the Texas Schoolbook Depository, which is now the 6th Floor Museum building. You can see a couple models inside the museum that correspond with the actual locations outside. This is the model of the Grassy Knoll.

Sixth Floor Museum Dallas

Below is the actual Grassy Knoll. Abraham Zapruder was filming the procession, standing on the white wall on the very left of this photo. His is the most complete record of the assassination. You can watch that film in the museum.

Sixth Floor Museum Dallas

Below is a model of Elm Street. You can see the string from the Depository on the left to the President’s car. There were two shots that hit JFK, with one going into Governor Connally.

Sixth Floor Museum Dallas

There are two ‘X’s’ on the road showing where on the street that JKF was shot. This one marks the second shot that hit him. At this point there was a lot of panic and the motorcade sped off to the hospital.

Sixth Floor Museum Dallas

Artifacts

In addition to the photos and models in the museum, there are also artifacts from the time period. This first one is a camera like the one Abraham Zapruder used to capture his footage.

 

Sixth Floor Museum Dallas

When Lee Harvey Oswald was setting up to shoot Kennedy, he stacked boxes like these around him to hide his intent. Then he set up to take his three shots. Below is the type of rifle used, while probably not the exact rifle.

Sixth Floor Museum Dallas

I’m really glad that we were able to visit the 6th Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. It was quite interesting, especially given all I have learned over the years. A few of tips for your visit. First, schedule your trip and buy your tickets online. Second, try to get in the first tour of the day. The line will fill up really quickly and you don’t want to waste your time standing in line. Third, there is a lot of reading, so be sure to get everyone a headset and tablet to help lessen it, especially with young children.

 

Sixth Floor Museum Dallas

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5 Comments

  • Reply Jyoti May 22, 2020 at 8:04 am

    Wow! You have such a close connection with JFK! How does your dad feel about the encounter? I bet he could never forget.
    The JFK museum curtly seems fascinating with collection of such importance artifacts from history.

    • Reply Kelly May 24, 2020 at 3:34 pm

      This would be such an amazing museum to see. The American political history is fascinating, but the killing of JFK is known around the world. We even learned about it in Canada in our history class. If I go to Texas, I definitely will visit the 6th Floor Museum. Its really amazing that your dad was privileged enough to meet him.

  • Reply Kendra May 22, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Wow, this is really neat! I’ve been to Dallas but never heard of this museum. I’ll have to check it out if I ever get back there, this look right up my alley!

  • Reply arv May 22, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    This is an interesting museum. I have never heard of this museum before. I suppose JFK was one of the most popular US presidents of the 20th century. His assassination led to so many conspiracy theories.

  • Reply Freya May 24, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    How timely that your Dad met JFK the day before his assassination, what a family story! This looks like a must visit in Dallas, I’d definitely be keen to check out 6th Floor Museum. What’s your favourite out of your husbands JFK conspiracy theories?

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