Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
When it comes to authentic local history, it doesn’t get much better than this! The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is a local landmark as far as infamous history goes, a museum made from the very spot John F Kennedy’s assassination took place, from the sniper’s angle, at least. This entire location is a Dallas County Administration Building important to both the city of Dallas and the downtown area, a massive brick building located at the corners of Elm and Houston Streets. Founded as the museum in 1989, this spot served beforehand as the former Texas School Book Depository Building. That being said, this place is was easily one of the most beloved historical gems in Dallas without even diving into the tragic JFK-related history! Today at this spot, however, you will find an excellent collection of ‘comprehensive exhibits on JFK’s presidency and assassination at the site of the sniper's nest!’.
Your group may choose to take a self-guided ‘cell phone tour’, which, as it sounds, is a tour given by cell phone app that will show you specific bits of history at more specific locations while exploring the site. There are also options such as the group tour, complete with discounted admission, a 90-minute tour time, bus loading and admission, and Museum Store shopping time. The tours will take you through the main exhibit ‘JFK and the Memory of a Nation’, as well as the special and traveling exhibits on the seventh floor, such as the current ‘Amending America: The Bill of Rights’ exhibit. ‘Explore the life, assassination, and legacy of John F Kennedy within a context of 1960’s history and culture’ through rich multimedia experiences which encourage cross-generational community-fostering interest, knowledge, and understanding. After you have checked out all the fun exhibits be sure to check and see if there are any interesting public programs, living history, or special events taking place, or even check in with the educational ‘Distance Learning’ and ‘Teacher Training’ tools.
Save enough time toward the end of your visit to explore the award-winning Museum Store and Cafe, the store featuring several items inspired by the 1960s, from pop culture to educational books and documentaries. The cafe will provide your well-explored group with much-needed coffee, tea, pastries, sandwiches, and smoothies.