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The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Discover the details and artifacts surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy at this multimedia museum. 

On November 22, 1963, the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository became world-famous for all the wrong reasons. From a window on that floor, Lee Harvey Oswald fatally shot U.S. President John F. Kennedy in what would become one of the darkest moments in the country's history. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is located on the sixth floor of that very building, which is now called the Dallas County Administration Building. 

The museum covers the aspects of that day through film footage, photographs and eyewitness accounts. The museum also documents the aftermath of the tragedy, the findings of the Warren Commission, which are still disputed to this day, and the legacy of the event. 

This is a dynamic museum, with many varied and interesting resources. Stand in the exact spot where Oswald stood. Nestled among boxes of books, here he allegedly fired the shots that killed President Kennedy. The room has remained unchanged since 1963. Artifacts on display include the cameras that captured the motorcade on film and the scale model of the building and surrounding areas used by the Warren Commission during the investigation. It's worth grabbing an audio guide, which is included in the admission price. Pierce Allman, the first reporter to broadcast from the Book Depository that day, narrates it. Across the street from the museum you will find the famed grassy knoll from where some witnesses say they heard gunshots.

Located on the corner of Elm and Houston streets in the heart of downtown Dallas, you can reach the museum by car or public transportation. There is a paid parking lot next door. If you travel by the DART light rail, get off at Union or West End stations, both just a short walk from the museum.

The museum is open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

Popular Activities at Sixth Floor Museum

Make the most of your time at Sixth Floor Museum. Here is a list of the most popular activities:

When planning your visit, you might want to consider purchasing a Historic Downtown Dallas Segway Tour and a Dallas CityPASS: Save on Dallas' 4 Best Attractions.

If you're after even more activities, examine our Dallas things to do page.


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Omni Dallas Hotel $152
Omni Dallas Hotel

Omni Dallas Hotel

555 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Dallas, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Reunion Tower, and Dealey Plaza. Sixth Floor Museum and Dallas World Aquarium are also within 15 minutes. Convention Center Station is only a 5-minute walk and West End Station is 9 minutes.

    Lorenzo Hotel $129
    Lorenzo Hotel

    Lorenzo Hotel

    1011 S Akard St, Dallas, TX
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Cedars, this boutique hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dallas City Hall and Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Reunion Tower and Dallas World Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cedars Station is 8 minutes by foot and Convention Center Station is 10 minutes.

      Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas Downtown $71
      Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas Downtown

      Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas Downtown

      1015 Elm St, Dallas, TX
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Dallas, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Renaissance Tower and Dallas World Aquarium. Sixth Floor Museum and Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center are also within 10 minutes. Akard Station and West End Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Hyatt Regency Dallas $129
        Hyatt Regency Dallas

        Hyatt Regency Dallas

        300 Reunion Blvd, Dallas, TX
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Dallas, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Reunion Tower, Dealey Plaza, and Sixth Floor Museum. John F. Kennedy Memorial and Dallas Holocaust Museum are also within 15 minutes. Dallas Union Station is 5 minutes by foot and West End Station is 12 minutes.

          Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Downtown/Reunion District $83
          Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Downtown/Reunion District

          Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Downtown/Reunion District

          310 South Houston Street, Dallas, TX
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Dallas, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Red Courthouse and Dealey Plaza. Sixth Floor Museum and Reunion Tower are also within 10 minutes. Dallas Union Station is only a 2-minute walk and West End Station is 6 minutes.

            La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dallas Downtown $109
            La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dallas Downtown

            La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dallas Downtown

            302 S Houston Street, Dallas, TX
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Dallas, this hotel is steps from Old Red Courthouse and Dealey Plaza. Sixth Floor Museum and Reunion Tower are also within 10 minutes. Dallas Union Station is only a 2-minute walk and West End Station is 6 minutes.

              Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown $127
              Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown

              Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown

              1401 Commerce St, Dallas, TX
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Dallas, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Renaissance Tower and Majestic Theater. Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and Dallas World Aquarium are also within 15 minutes. Akard Station is 5 minutes by foot and St Paul Station is 8 minutes.

                SpringHill Suites Dallas Downtown / West End $110
                SpringHill Suites Dallas Downtown / West End

                SpringHill Suites Dallas Downtown / West End

                1907 N Lamar Street, Dallas, TX
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Dallas, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Victory Park and Dallas World Aquarium. Sixth Floor Museum and Perot Museum of Nature and Science are also within 10 minutes. West End Station is only a 4-minute walk and Akard Station is 8 minutes.