The Sixth Floor Museum and Dealey Plaza
- Type: Museums, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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On Nov. 22, 1963, shots from Lee Harvey Oswald's gun echoed through Dealey Plaza as President John F. Kennedy's motorcade turned off of Houston Street onto Elm. Today, this scenic green space in downtown Dallas is one of only two presidental assassination sites in the U.S., and every year, thousands of people gather here to honor the 35th president.
This tragic day in United States history has been immortalized on the sixth floor of the former Texas School Book Depository, where Oswald pulled the trigger just over 50 years ago. The Sixth Floor Museum (which actually occupies the sixth and seventh floors of the building) houses exhibits detailing JFK's life, presidency and assassination. According to many recent visitors, one of the most fascinating exhibits is a recreation of Oswald's set-up at the southeast window, accompanied by touch screens that detail the events of that day. (If you're interested in seeing Dealey Plaza and Elm Street the way Oswald saw it that day, you can watch the live Dealey Plaza Cam, a streaming webcam set up at the very window through which Oswald tracked the presidential motorcade.)
You are free to visit and explore Dealey Plaza at any time; there is no admission fee. You can visit the Sixth Floor Museum Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday from noon to 6 p.m. Admission to the museum is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $13 for youths ages 6 to 18; kids 5 and younger can enter for free, and the use of audio guides is included in the entry cost. To learn more about the museum and Dealey Plaza, visit the facility's official website.
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