History unfolded on a bright and sunny Friday afternoon at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald, an employee of the Book Depository, was perched behind boxes on the sixth floor taking aim with hopes to kill the President. To this day, there is much controversy surrounding how it unfolded and who was directly involved.
No pictures can be taken inside The Sixth Floor Museum , but for what it’s worth, it is fantastically detailed. The audio tour the museum provides takes you step by step though what happened on that fateful day. But, if you have ever read or seen any details regarding the incident, there is nothing you don’t already know.
The museum also captures the mood of the country in near perfect detail though photos, audio and video. There is about a ten minute movie on the Kennedy Funeral that is a must see. It is incredibly powerful. With the sights and sounds of that day around the world, the video makes you feel as if you’re apart of something that is bigger than you….
What the museum fails to do is to give answers a lot of patrons crave. Many people there are mini -investigators giving their ideas on who shot JFK. This museum gives the facts, and a few conspiracies, but it is nothing you haven’t already heard and for good reason.
Does the museum give all scenarios? No. How could it? The case is closed. Though, the best scenario I have found is an by a former Australian detective, Colin McLaren. To sum it up, McLaren believes Lee Harvey Oswald did fire a shot at Kennedy, but the actual shot that killed Kennedy was delivered by a green and hungover Secret Service agent.
If you want to immerse yourself in the exhibit, expect to spend anywhere from three to four hours. Also, the seventh floor of the Book Depository gives you the chance to see from the point of view of Oswald. (You are unable to see it from the sixth floor as it is apart of the historic exhibit and probably is still considered a crime scene)
Once outside, it becomes quite interesting. The street has X marks that show approximately where the shots were fired on the route along with informative plaques. But what’s most interesting is the plaza, itself, is actually quite small. There is a bend in the street potentially making it easier for the shooter to make target. Also, there are only three real potential buildings for the shooter to be perfectly perched.
A girl gone walkabout in the great big world!