JFK Assassination Tour
The title feels kind of morbid doesn't it? Either that or it sounds like a punk rock band concert tour of sorts. However this is the real deal, the JFK Assassination Tour is exactly what it appears to be, a tour of the site where one of America's most treasured Presidents was assassinated. This tragic event catapulted conspiracy theories into decades following the fateful day of November 22/1963 and continues to be a hot topic of discussion and will be so well into the future unless one day the CIA opens its files for all to see. You will find no theorizing here, only a breakdown of one of the most interesting historical tours one can take in Dallas-Texas, if not America as a whole.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
411 Elm Street, Dallas, TX
Although many people are still under the incorrect assumption that shots were fired from the infamous "grassy knoll" in front of Dealey Plaza, the name of the museum stems from the "fact" that the sniper's nest and rifle were found on the sixth floor of the building which has been named the official origin of the shooting. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is owned and operated by the Dallas County Historical Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization and although the Kennedy family is not involved, everything has been done in a sensitive manner to protect the integrity of those impacted by the event. In addition, the museum also recognizes the controversy surrounding the assassination and addresses these elements without necessarily leaning in any one direction. Below is brief detailing of the self guided tour:
The museum has acquired and preserved a wide variety of footage, film, and artifacts relevant to the assassination and serve as the foundation to the exhibit. Interesting materials include a handwritten admission note from the Dallas doctor who first attended to JFK that detailed the treatment process before his passing, interviews and journal entries of individuals standing nearest to JFK when the shots were fired, and anti-Kennedy “Wanted For Treason” flyers that were distributed throughout downtown Dallas on the same day and along the very street of the motorcade route of which the source was never identified.
Almost 400 photos, 45 minutes of film, and numerous artifacts pertaining to the social and political climate of the early 1960's set the tone for an exhibit that chronicles everything leading up to the assassination, the day of the assassination, and the aftermath, including the impact that the event had upon society and culture within America. The legacy of JFK is truly felt upon completion of the tour at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.
In addition to the permanent fixtures found within the museum, rotating and one time special exhibits take place at Dealey Plaza that can include spotlights on Jack Ruby, Lee Harvey Oswald, the Kennedy family, JFK Campaigns, etc....
Museum Store & Cafe
Purchase JFK memorabilia and other tokens to commemorate your visit to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza as well as books and more contemporary items for gift or personal use. La Duni Coffee Studio allows patrons time to relax and reflect upon the experience while enjoying an espresso, pastry or light lunch.
Senior (Ages 65+)—$12.50 U.S.
Youth (Ages 6-18)—$12.50 U.S.
Children (Ages 0-5)—Free or $3.50 U.S. with audio guide
Admission price includes audio guide (available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish)
The Museum accepts cash, checks, traveler's checks, MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express.
Hours of Operation
Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Monday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Photo: The "grassy knoll" and Dealey Plaza in the background