Sixth Floor Museum

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DALLAS, TEXAS – 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK.  Every day, tourists from all over the world wind up in that infamous spot – some even posing for photos in the middle of the road where the former President was shot on November 22, 1963.

Standing outside the Texas School Book Depository - which is now the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, Texas.
Standing outside the Texas School Book Depository – which is now the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, Texas.

The Sixth Floor Museum lets visitors take an elevator up to the 6th and 7th floors of the former book depository where Lee Harvard Oswald allegedly shot JFK through an open window, hidden by boxes of books.

While you can’t actually look out of the same window he did (the corner is blocked off by glass) you can look out the window on the 7th floor and get a pretty good idea of what was seen by Oswald on that day in 1963.

While that’s probably the biggest highlight of the museum – there are also lots of interesting artifacts and video features with news footage on display.  It’s a bit pricey for admission – but a true history buff will enjoy it.

If you want to skip the museum, you will still be intrigued visiting the area outside the museum where the President’s car passed that day.  I found it slightly morbid that people were posing for pictures in the street where JFK was shot but, I suppose that’s an option.  Also beware of the guys that are wandering around, selling newspapers and sharing conspiracy theories as you walk by.  Apparently, they’re a regular fixture of the tourist sight.  They’re harmless – but annoying.