The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
One of Texas’ most visited historic sites, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. The Museum is in the former Texas School Book Depository building, where evidence of a sniper was found after the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Much of the exhibit space looks as it appeared in the 1960s. Highlights include a sniper’s perch, the FBI model used by the Warren Commission, an original teletype machine that first transmitted news of the president’s death, Oswald’s wedding ring, historic films, photos and more. An interactive display overlooks Dealey Plaza. Admission includes an audio guide, available in eight languages including ASL. The museum is open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas. RECOMMENDED: Buy timed-entry tickets in advance at jfk.org. The most convenient paid parking is adjacent to the building; stay in the far right lane of Elm Street to enter the parking lot.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Dave B
    Euless, Texas117 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating
    Went to the sixth floor museum for the first time and found it very informative. The whole story around the assassination is well laid out and told along with good info on Kennedy himself. Was crowded but thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Summer K
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana330 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You'll Need a Minimum of Two Hours
    This museum is extremely thorough and very well done! We visited once before many years ago, but it has been greatly expanded and improved. We ended up spending more than two and a half hours there and felt like we didn't see everything. The Kennedy Assassination has always been an intriguing subject for us, and this museum handles the topic tastefully and with great respect. I highly recommend this educational and thought-provoking experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • dprussell80
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Museum
    This museum was worth every cent and then some. They did a great job showing the events prior to the assassination and the events that followed. Well done! It was riveting! I remember well the day this happened and the announcement at my school shortly after the news broke. I have been learning about this heinous act ever since. The detail in the museum was fabulous! Thank you very much
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 31, 2023
  • James B
    60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History made
    Learning about JFK’s assassination in School led me to want to learn more. I visited the museum while on a business trip. JFK’s museum has a lot of interesting history. Takes about 30 mins to 2 hours
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Droplet1927
    Madison, Wisconsin681 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting visit to what seems like a lifetime ago.
    This is a well laid out museum that gives the context of JFK's presidency, his visit to Dallas, video presentations, follow-up investigations and worldwide response. The artifacts on display were interesting. We spent about two hours. One of our party was in a wheelchair and was accessible to the exhibits and displays.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Ilovepuntacana19
    117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see….
    In my opinion, the Sixth Floor Museum was amazing. I’ve always been intrigued about JFK. To be inside that building was very surreal. There was a lot of information posted along with videos. Even after studying the events in school and writing papers on it, I still learned some things. We went on a weekday around noon-ish and it wasn’t overly crowded. There were several people there but I didn’t feel like I had to wait long to read a board or watch a video. The atmosphere inside was very hushed (as it should be) and solemn. I wouldn’t bring small children personally as it might be a bit boring for them. I saw some children in strollers and parents taking turns looking at the displays. The price was decent for such a popular site. Adult tickets were $18 and youth (6-18) was $14. There is a gift shop with memorabilia available.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Klibra
    Chicago, Illinois174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History buffs, do not miss this moving experience
    On a hot Dallas day after taking a wonderful tour of the parade route and seeing where Oswald lived and what he did after the shooting, we ended up back at the Museum. I say it was a highlight of my brief stay in Dallas. The museum is full of articles, photos, history and movies and clips of the JFK Presidency and his last day of life in Dallas. Besides being able to see the room and window it happended, the most moving things were all the tributes international dignataries left for him. It is truly a must stop!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 22, 2023
  • ColoradoTravelsWorld
    298 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for History buffs, not for young children
    This was an interesting museum for people who dig American History, criminal history, and an in depth look at a president's life and the times surrounding it. I would not recommend this museum for families with young children as there are very few tactile items to observe. The museum is mainly reading and looking at pictures. Personally, I enjoyed it because I love to read in depth historical information, but I would not have brought my teen children here as they would have been bored after 30 minutes. We gave ourselves 90 minutes as that is what was advertised, but I am one of the people that reads ALL the placards and looks at the images and I only got 2/3 of the way through the museum (I'm a quick reader, too). I think any 2-2 1/2 hours would have been better for me personally. It wasn't too crowded on a Thursday afternoon, but definitely more people than I expected (probably about 40 on average while I was there) so you were easily able to spread out.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 2, 2023
  • yumm2011
    New York City, New York297 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see in Dallas
    The museum is very informative and thought provoking. Seeing the scene of assassination on the 6th floor replicated exactly was poignant. Later went outside to stand by Grassy Knoll and took it all in.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written September 12, 2023
  • ywurry
    Dewsbury, United Kingdom764 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating, interesting and though provoking
    One of the main reasons we visited Dallas and I didn’t really know what to expect. We booked to arrive at 2:30 thinking this would be enough time and for the main section it was, but there was a further area with video which we only managed to watch part of before it all closed. It is giving the tail of what is alleged to have happened, although still has a number of questions and leaves many conspiracy theory doors open. I am not convinced it is the true story but certainly is plausible. I would love to go back again now I’ve had time to think about what was said and the layout. There has been a recent news story from a secret service agent after 60 years which brings some doubt on the lone shooter theory and this may not be the end of the story Well worth a few hours visit
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
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Cody
Roswell, NM53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
I have visited the Sixth Floor Museum twice and think it is a must for anyone with ani retest in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

I will say that the museum’s narrative is oriented toward the notion of Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone gunman. Visitors who have done their research and feel passionate about an alternative theory may not appreciate that. I find most visitors have very little background d knowledge of the assassination based on conversations I overhear, so it would be good to provide some info on alternative theories to at least encourage visitors to continue exploring information about this event afterward.

The highlight to me is being able to look down on Dealey Plaza from the sixth floor windows. The corner window where the shots were fired from is sealed off, but you can get a very similar view from the window next to it .

I also have enjoyed the temporary exhibits on each of my visits. Last time the theme was the relationship between RFK-MLK, and this time it focused on the five city campaign tour of Texas that unfortunately ended in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
Written June 20, 2024
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Nofrillstraveler
80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
An important part of history. Interesting tour that is well laid out. The staff is friend and helpful. It helps if you purchase tickets online. The 10:00 AM tour had about a 20-minute wait. Waiting until 11:00 would have been no line.
Written June 12, 2024
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Carrick1636
Preston, UK59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Excellent museum. Found the audio tour captivating, like Kennedy himself. Well worth a visit whilst in Dallas. Definitely recommend.
Written June 5, 2024
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skylah t
Texas1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Amazing !!!!! First time at a museum. It was my birthday I had a lot of fun my friends surprised me knowing it was on my bucket list for quite some time now… I would definitely recommend.
Written June 2, 2024
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Andrew L
Fleet, UK38 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Great view of the historical artefacts relating to JFK‘s death along with other associated aspects. However, the journeys guided towards the idea which Lee Harvey Oswald shot the President when , in reality there are mountains of evidence that he did not (please do own research and analysis to decide for self). It is always said „History is written by the victors!“
Written May 30, 2024
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Derek Santiago
Phoenix, AZ34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The museum was very interesting. It show in detail the days b4 and after JFK assasination. They have military discount. The outside is free to view the memorial and the road JFK got shot.
Written May 23, 2024
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Dean B
Redding, CA159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
A remarkably interesting museum and much more than I expected. It has a nice history of the Kennedy presidency and two crisis that defined his term in office, the Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis. The exhibits showed a great timeline of the events in Dallas, including Oswald's arrest and his murder, and seeing the location in person helped me to better understand the events of the day. They even went into some of the conspiracies theories.
Written May 14, 2024
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eyanikoglu
Izmir, Türkiye56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Business
Amazing museum about the horrific event in US history. This touched my feelings. I really affected to be there. I remembered all the movies about this incident.
Written May 13, 2024
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David S
Orem, UT2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
My wife and I heard about the museum and really wanted to go. We read a review that bad mouthed the employees, but decided to visit the museum anyway. I don’t understand that review because we found the employees to be helpful, friendly, and kind. The museum was awesome, informative, and very well organized. And the employees only added to our great experience. When in Dallas, I highly recommend a visit to the Sixth Floor
Written May 12, 2024
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BlackRoseCher
Malibu, CA672 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Awesome museum. Great information on the days before and after the assassination. Great detailed time table of the events that took place. Highly recommend this museum.
Written May 12, 2024
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