The 6th Floor Museum in Dallas presents in-depth studies of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, on November 22, 1963.
There’s a lot more to such a study than you might think. It’s a relatively quick tour — you can view the museum’s displays and films in about two hours, comfortably, stopping to read exhibit cards and really analyze objects on display. A couple of the films present a great deal of history quickly and well (Walter Cronkite narrates one).
One cannot avoid a great deal of history of the Civil Rights Movement, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War, and the start of the Vietnam conflict. Kennedy’s administration covered only three years, but a very active and important three years in the 20th century.
Increasingly the 6th Floor Museum is a stop for researchers and scholars. The recent addition of a good reading room for scholars is a great asset.
Curator Gary Mack offers a quick introduction in this video:
Plan to spend three or four hours. You’ll find the place very interesting. After the museum, most likely you’ll want to spend some time exploring Dealey Plaza, the road where Kennedy’s car was when he was shot, and the famous grassy knoll. It’s a part of downtown that is almost always filled with people in daylight in all but the absolute worst weather. (Check out the EarthCam at Dealey Plaza.)
Old Red, the old Dallas County Courthouse, with its own museum, is just a half block away.