Monday, May 20, 2013

Six Floor Museum - JFK

The folks visited the Six Floor Museum in Dallas.  It was formerly known as the Texas School Book Depository and is where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots that killed President John F. Kennedy.  There is still speculation that another shooter on the ground was involved.

Mama decided to arrive at 10 a.m. on Sunday when the museum opened thinking that it would not be crowded.  She was wrong.  They had to wait in line for about 15 minutes for tickets.  There was also a very large group, so that added to the crowd.  If they would have arrived an hour later, they would not have had to wait.

Every visitor is given an audio tour which Mama said made the visit very enjoyable.  It directed you to each exhibit which was mainly photos and videos.  It was narrated by a reporter that was there when the President was shot.   The audio also provided audio from witnesses and other reporters. It was an excellent way to see the museum.

No photography was allowed in the museum which seems a little odd because there was nothing that could be damaged by a flash.  The museum is different because you are actually in the room where the shots were fired.  You cannot step in that spot because it is glassed off.  They have put the book boxes where they would have been during the day of the shooting.  You can stand at the next window and get almost the same view as the shooting.  Visitors are allowed to visit the seventh floor and there you can stand at the window that is directly under the window where the shots were fired.  Mama said when she looked out the window and saw where the President was shot (that is marked on the street), a police car went by.  She said it was eerie to hear the sirens at the same time she was looking at the shooting site.  Here is a link to a live camera that is in the shooter's perch. 

The seventh floor has a large photos of JFK and Jackie Kennedy.  Photography was allowed here.

This photo is made up of 50,000 small photos of Jackie.

Photos of Jackie on JFK's photo.
Jackie's photo is made up of 50,000 photos of JFK
This is from the seventh floor - one floor above where the shots were fired.  The President was shot after he rounded this corner.

The Grassy Knoll where it is thought another shot was fired.


We placed a red dot next to the window where the shots were fired.

The "X" shows where one of the shots hit the President.
The folks really enjoyed seeing the museum, but it was sad.  Mama highly recommends it to anyone who is planning a visit to Dallas.

Joey,
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