Dealey Plaza Dedication, Dallas
Unless you are a hardcore conspiracy theorist, this is a quick yet essential side trip that can bee accomplished in about an hour or so. Do a quick drive through Dealy Plaza, and notice the X painted on the road which marks the location of the car at the time of the assasination and take a peek at the "Grassy Knoll." Find a garage or a lot to park in and do a quick run through the museum. The guides in the museum are open, funny, and don't shirk discussions about conspiracy.
If you want to make it a JFK day, you can then head over to Campisi's Egyptian Lounge (an Italian Restaurant regardless of the name) off Mockingbird Lane and Greenville Ave, where Jack Ruby was a regular customer. The owner, Joe Campisi, was also the first person to visit Ruby after he was arrested. Joe later testified before the Warren Commission due to his relationship with Ruby. The restaurant is still family owned and, heck, you might even run into Amber, Joe's grand daughter, and former Playboy centerfold who still works there occassionally.
Dealy Plaza, the site of President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963, was only a few blocks from our hotel. Since I was a junior high school student at the time, it was one of only a few world events that I specifically remember what I was doing when I heard the news. Never did I dream that I would actually visit the site and enter the Texas School Book Depository building from which the shots were fired. The building is now The Sixth Floor Museum with a display of both life in that era and the story of what happened that day. For only $10 each it is worth a visit. The seventh floor is a display of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs taken during the past century, also interesting. The photo shows the location where the presidential limousine was when it was struck - the small plaque just in front of the walking crowd.
In downtown Dallas, you can visit the JFK museum...aka...The Sixth Floor Museum. It's the place from where Oswald shot Kennedy. You can see the view Oswald had when shooting. I was downtown for the anniversary of JFK's death, and it's pretty moving to be in the same place where such an historic event took place. There's an X on Elm St. which marks the spot their automobile was when the shots rang out. You can run out into the road (when the cars are at the stop light) and look up to the Book Depository Building...and find the line that the bullets followed from the the 6th floor to the motorcade. Near the museum, you'll also see the grassy knoll where an alledged 2nd shooter was perched. There's also another memorial to JFK on the other side of the street.
i am sure hundreds of people have already wrote about the sixth floor museum. i just thought i would leave a little note about it and a little tip.
first of all let me say that the museum was great, well put together and really took u back in time. luckly i wasnt born yet when this happen and so i cant answer the question "where was i when jfk was shot". i have already seen enough horrible things on the news in my life. we all have.
i took a stroll down to the grass knoll after just to walk around, get some pics and get a feel for the place. while at the knoll i ran across a man who had his own theories about what happen that faithful day, and though i really dont know what to believe when it comes to what "really" happen, i found it really interesting and entertaining at the same time. u can find some interesting people at the knoll who are there everyday trying to make u aware of the conspiracy's at work. if u visit the museum, i recommend taking a walk down to the grass knoll. it is all part of the experience.
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This is the place that all the world had heard about...it's the place where JFK was shot and killed in November 1963. You've seen it on the televison, but once you visit the actual location, it changes you forever.
If you come to Dallas you must not miss this museum. I found it very moving and thought provoking and I learnt a lot about the events on that tragic day in 1963. It is one of the best museums I have ever visited in terms of exhibitions, layout, information etc. It is especially moving because it is housed in The Book Depository building. The exhibition deals with the life, times, death and legacy of John F. Kennedy with a focus of the impact of his death on the nation and the world. You get to see the window and the view of Dealey Plaza the sniper used and they have recreated the scene as it looked on November 22nd, 1963. You can also see the corner staircase where the sniper allegedly exited and where the rifle was found. This area is reconstructed as it appeared from police department photographs. There are various sections including 'The Early 60's', 'The Investigations' and 'The Crisis Hours. It is a fascinating museum with lots of information, photographs, films and artefacts. The tour is ?10.00 per adult but you can pay an extra ?3.50 to hire an audio phone(available in seven languages) that gives you information and excerpts from historic radio broadcasts as you walk the tour.
Downstairs there is a very good shop that sells videos, souvenirs, books etc. The website has a webcam link and there is a memory book to leave your thoughts.
Even if you don't have time to visit the Sixth Floor Museum you have to make time to visit Dealey Plaza and the grassy knoll. It felt very strange to be standing in a place I had seen millions of times on the tv that had such an impact on our history. To view the sight and stand on the grassy knoll or at the picket fence with the view of the Book Depository building gives you a perspective of that tragic day. There is a small plaque beside the road marking the spot were J F Kennedy was shot. There is also a white cross on the road to show the area too. Although the trees are much taller now and some of the shrubbery is a little different, the grassy knoll appears just like it was in 1963.
There is a link below to a live earthcam of the Grassy Knoll area and surrounding views.
When in Dallas I would suggest going to see the JFK memorial building. The museum is located in the actual room in Dealy Plaza that the shooter did the shooting from (supposedly). There are many good memories of JFK in the museum and there is a book in which you can leave a little note about your experience if you like. Beware of the people outside who want to talk to you about their "alternative theories" as to what happened on the day of the shooting unless you have a couple spare hours.
Dealy Plaza is located within walking distance to the West End Marketplace where there are many good restaurants, shops, a few dance clubs and a big arcade.
On November 22, 1963 President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade through Dealy Plaza. This area still has the original structures as they were on that day, except for the picket fence, which has long since been replaced. In addition, the 6th floor museum in the Dallas Book Depository overlooks the plaza.
The Conspiracy Museum proposes several theories not explored by the sixth floor museus. I would go to the museum only if you have time. In my opinion the sixth floor museum which is a few blocks away is presented better with more material. There is a UfO exhibit at the bottom level of the conspiracy museum if you are interested. It's kind of an X-file Lone Gunman feel.
We went to Dallas mainly for one reason, to see where Kennedy was shot. It's a very morbid reason, but thats pretty much all there is to do.
Its a bit eerie really to be able to stand on the Grassy knowl; the fence is still there aswell where they suspect another sniper stood.
We walked around the town for a bit, and it has oriented its whole selling point around various conspiries.
We didn't get chance to look round any of the museums, but the general concensus was that the museum based in the building where Lee H. Oswald was, is the best.
Just a short stroll away from the Book Depository is this impressive Memorial dedicated to November 22, 1963. It occupies an entire city block, and features four tall concrete slabs that surround a simple stark monument.
Sixth Floor Museum (Old Texas School Book Depository). The museum opened 26 years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, the museum documents the events that took place on November 22, 1963 on which JFK was shot. It is housed on the 6th floor in the former Texas School Book Depository Building where Lee Harvey Oswald was said to have fired the shots, and the corner of the room where he supposedly stood is just as it was that day except the window is closed.
The window area has been re-created behind a wall of glass. There are photos and videos showing various aspects of Kennedy's presidency and an audio tour. EarthCam has positioned an Internet camera in the southeast window on the sixth floor of the former Texas School Book Depository in Dallas.
Open 9.00am - 6.00pm every day.
The 50-foot square, open-roofed, concrete cenotaph, or empty tomb, was designed by New York architect and Kennedy family friend Phillip Johnson. Inside the stark monument is a black marble marker inscribed 'John F. Kennedy,' and granite markers on opposite ends of the site read, 'It is not a memorial to the pain and sorrow of death, but stands as a permanent tribute to the joy and excitement of one man's life.'
The cenotaph, open 24 hours a day, is lighted from underneath at night. The memorial was erected in 1969 with private donations from the citizens of Dallas.
Visit the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.
This was originally the Texas School Book Depository, allegedly the location where Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John F Kennedy on 22 November 1963.
It is now a museum dedicated to the life, times, death and legacy of JFK.