The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

The former Texas School Book Depository, located at the corner of Houston and Elm Streets in Dallas, is now a museum dedicated to honouring one of the nation’s most terrible and defining moments: President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Visitors to the museum are initially given a historical context with multimedia exhibits that illustrate the political climate of the early 1960s, before moving on to President Kennedy’s visit to Texas in November 1963 and his final days. Just past this point, you’ll notice the sniper’s perch in the corner window from which Oswald fired the fatal rounds, which has been rebuilt to match the original crime scene images.

 

The rest of the exhibits take you through the tense hours after the shooting. Recollections of the shock that engulfed the country and the world, the investigations that followed, and JFK’s legacy are among them. A replica of the Mannlicher-Carcano rifle seized at the crime scene, a scale model of Dealey Plaza utilised by FBI agents throughout the enquiry, forensic evidence, and mementoes such as Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding ring and Jack Ruby’s cap are among the historical artefacts on display.

 

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza tour includes museum entry as well as a guided audio tour that builds on the topics presented in the exhibits. The tour contains audio snippets of authentic radio broadcasts, eyewitness testimonies, and police statements from the incident and the days following the disaster, as well as narration by Pierce Allman.