The Sixth Floor Museum At Dealey Plaza
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, the life of Lee Harvey Oswald, and the various conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination.
Featured Exhibits Include:
A Time For Greatness: The 1960 Kennedy Campaign.
With the first televised presidential debates, the 1960 presidential campaign between Kennedy and Richard Nixon was one of American history’s most tightly contested elections. This exhibit displays campaign promotional items, including postcards, pins and posters.
With a wide variety of nationally and locally materials related to the civil rights struggle, this exhibit explores JFK’s impact on equality and the men who continued the fight in the years after his assassination.
Cold War, Communism And Cuban Missile Crisis
The tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union almost resulted in nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis. From the threat of Communism to the creation of fallout shelters, see the impact of the Cold War on Kennedy and America.
Lee Harvey Oswald
One of the most infamous men in American history, Lee Harvey Oswald, was arrested and charged with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Unfortunately, he was murdered by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby just two days after JFK’s death. Learn more about the man who allegedly assassinated the 35th American president.
Parkland Memorial Hospital
After President Kennedy was shot, he was rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital. See the original administrative reports, doctor summaries and correspondence files related to the unsuccessful attempt to save him.
Mourning A President
Just three days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the world united in sorrow as the fallen president was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. The funeral and mourning rites left impressions on those who attended or watched on television, which still exists today.
Out Of The Museum
Just outside the Museum, the lingering effect of that terrible day can still be seen and felt.
.On Elm Street, a white “X” on the street permanently marks the spot where JFK was fatally shot.
.The Grassy Knoll, the small sloping hill next to the Museum, is the site where many conspiracy theorists believe a second gunman fired on the president.
.Dealey Plaza, the birthplace of Dallas, is where the motorcade passed through as JFK was shot and where modern conspiracy theorists still gather to tell stories and speculate on who killed JFK.
.The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial, located just past the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture, is a sad reminder of what was lost on that tragic November day.
Why Should You Visit The Sixth Floor Museum?
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President Kennedy. Located in the historic Texas School Book Depository building, the Museum presents the social and political landscape of the early 1960s, chronicles President Kennedy’s assassination and its aftermath, reflects upon his lasting impact on our country and world, and connects the past to the present for students, families and visitors.