Sixth Floor Museum
The most-visited heritage attraction in North Texas is the Sixth Floor Museum (411 Elm St., 214/747-6660, www.jfk.org, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. daily, $13.50 adults, $12.50 seniors and children 6–18). The museum is dedicated to the life, death, and legacy of John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States.
Upon entering the facility, visitors confront a dramatic quote from JFK: “History, after all, is the memory of a nation.” The museum proceeds to jog those memories with exhibits, artifacts, and films providing a slice of American life in the early 1960s and the subsequent impact of JFK’s assassination. The most intense and sobering area of the museum is the spot near the sixth-floor window where the fatal shots were allegedly fired. The area remains in its original setting as the school book depository, and its Plexiglas enclosure provides a somewhat creepy window to the afternoon of November 22, 1963.
By the time most visitors leave, they’ve come away with a sense of how the world was affected by the actions in the building on that day, and ideally they’ve captured the spirit of Kennedy’s life to use it in a positive way.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition