Dealy Plaza Sixth Floor Museum

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On November the 22nd America’s across the United States sat in stunned disbelief as the news broke that the iconic JFK had been shot and killed in Dallas. The assassination was to start a decade’s long debate on the motives of the killer Lee Harvey Oswald – and indeed spark debate among many theorists who question whether Oswald acted alone – or indeed if he was the killer at all.

Today those wishing to learn more about the events on that fateful day in November of 1963 can visit the Dealy Plaza Sixth Floor Museum at 411 Elm Street in Dallas.

The museum contains numerous exhibits which provide fascinating insights into the events of that day, as well as providing background about the President and the events that shocked not only the United States but people across the globe.

The sheer depth and scope of the various collections that can be found at the museum are simply staggering. With over 50,000 items the museum provides in-depth insight to anyone who is not only interested in the assassination of JFK but also into the turbulent times that characterized the 60’s and how the culture of that period of history has influenced our modern society.

There are a number of different collections – each focusing on one of the players in the drama that unfolded on that days and the weeks that followed.

Highlights include the Jack Ruby collection which examines the life of the man who would assassinate Lee Harvey Oswald in the basement of the Dallas police department. The collection includes oral presentations by those who knew Ruby, as well as photographs and other material from the nightclub that he ran – The Carousel Club. It also includes diaries and recollections of those who served on the jury when Ruby was tried.

Another collection which will be of great interest to students of history and those who want to know more about the events surrounding the assassination is the Lee Harvey Oswald Collection. this collection also contains oral recordings of those who were involved with Oswald. the photographs, printed material, films and other artifacts provide a great insight into a man who has become a symbol of what might be called the death of an American dream.

There are other collections that provide a fascinating glimpse into a society that was shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of a President who had come to symbolize – at least for many the rebirth of America. For instance, the Dallas Times Herald collection features over 700 black and white images that neatly encapsulate the events leading up to assassination and the mood of a nation.

Admission to the museum is $16 for adults and special pricing is available for seniors and children. From Tuesday to Sunday the museum is open from 10 am to 6 pm and on Monday opening hours are from 12 pm to 6 pm. A cafe is available for light refreshments and a store is also on the premises.

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