The Sixth Floor Museum: Everything you need to know
Aug 25 , 2011
When Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John F Kennedy from his vantage point of a Dallas Book Depository on November 22, 1963, the American public was not about to let the building be forgotten. The Sixth Floor Museum is dedicated to the achievements of JFK.
The assassination of JFK
The shocking assassination took of then President John Fitzgerald Kennedy took place in Dealy Plaza, Dallas; now the site of dedicated museum the Sixth Floor Museum. Today, the museum houses a snipers nest in the exact location from where Oswald fired his fatal shots at the President. The sixth floor museum now stands as a shrine to President Kennedy, his lifetime achievements and as a historical reminder of how he died.
Permanent collections at the Sixth Floor Museum include photographs of JFK with his family, and with Texas governor John Connolly and his wife Nellie. One of the most interesting artifacts the Sixth Floor Museum has on display is the diary of John Rose, the Dallas salesman charged with Oswald, which he kept throughout his trial for the killing. Other items on permanent display include an original poster of Kennedy, 500 of which were posted around Dallas on the days leading up to his assassination.
Regular special exhibits are on show at the Sixth Floor Museum, relating to the history of Dallas, President Kennedy, and American Politics. Previous special exhibits have included a 160 year history of Dallas, Filming Kennedy: Home movies from Kennedy’s private life, and Call to Action, a look at President Kennedy’s time in office. The normal entry charge to the Sixth Floor Museum includes admission to any special collections.
Around the Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum is well connected to local transport links and has limited space for visitor parking. Across the road from the museum is the Sixth Floor Museum Café and Shops where visitors can take refreshments and buy museum souvenirs. Within walking distance of the museum is the Main Street area and the West End Historic District which are both well served by cafes and restaurants.
The Sixth Floor Museum is open to the public every day of the year expect Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The museum is accessible to those with mobility problems and offers a discounted entrance fee for schools and group visits.
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