Day 177: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Day 177: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Day 177 of the Nowhere To Be Project brought me to the eery Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. The museum, which is housed in the actual room where Lee Harvey Oswald took aim at the president, depicts the series of events that led to that horrific assassination of the 35th President of the United States in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

The walk through the museum begins with pictorials of the hope of a nation that ultimately placed John F. Kennedy in the White House. The challenges JFK faced during his short time in office, such as the Bay of Pigs, the Space Race and struggles associated with the Civil Rights Movement, are also explored in depth prior to the point in the museum that is focused on the assassination.

It must have been extremely difficult to design an exhibit focused on one of America’s lowest points, but I must say that the museum’s efforts are solemn and yet respectful. Looking through the very window the killer used to take aim at a man who was arguably America’s favorite son was nothing less than macabre.

Oswald’s view from the window with X marking the spot where the President was hit

The exhibit closes with a summary of the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination. This includes an interesting exploration of the FBI’s ongoing efforts to solve the crime and to debunk the many conspiracy theories. Touring the museum took just under an hour and I would recommend a visit should you find yourself in Dallas.

The actual model of the crime scene created by the FBI

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