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The Sixth Floor Museum at

Dealey Plaza

September 2009


A new cell phone tour of Dealey Plaza, Smithsonian magazine Museum Day and a free lecture by author Kirk Savage on October 8 make fall the ideal time to visit the Museum.


Museum Introduces Dealey Plaza Cell Phone Walking Tour



Dealey Plaza Cell Phone TourVisitors to Dealey Plaza are now guided through the historic city park and other important sites related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, thanks to a new cell phone walking tour launched earlier this month by The Sixth Floor Museum.


Visitors use their own cell phones for the self-directed tour which is narrated by museum curator Gary Mack and features more than one dozen stops such as the grassy knoll, John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, the former Dallas County Jail and the statue of George Bannerman Dealey.  The tour begins at the museum and ends atop the Triple Underpass.
Available for purchase only at the museum, the narrated cell phone tour and accompanying map include a dedicated telephone number.  Visitors dial the local Dallas number and then pick and choose as many stops as they like and in any order.  Each stop is easily identified on the map, depicted by individual photographs as well as marked stops to guide visitors.  The tour takes approximately one hour to complete.
"The cell phone tour provides a wealth of information and is extremely user friendly," said Nicola Longford, executive director of The Sixth Floor Museum.  "It enables Dallas visitors and residents alike to learn about this historically significant area at their own pace."
The tour costs $2.50 if purchased with museum admission or $5 if bought separately.  During the introductory period, either method gives purchasers a 10% discount in the museum store.  For more information, visit


smithsonian museum day 


5th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day



Saturday, September 26 -The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza will participate in the fifth annual Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian magazine. A celebration of culture, learning and the dissemination of knowledge, the event features free museum admission to Smithsonian magazine readers and visitors.


Also, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m, the museum will sceen the new documentary film, "Soul of a People," for all museum guests.  Narrated by award-winning actress Patricia Clarkson, the film uses rarely seen footage, photographs and interviews with Studs Terkel, Stetson Kennedy, historians, poets and others to examine the Federal Writers Project, one of four arts programs under FDR's Works Progress Administration (WPA) which also helped build Dealey Plaza.

To receive free museum admission, guests must present a completed Museum Day Admission Card. Each card provides museum access for two people, and one admission card is permitted per household. For more information, including listings and links to other participating museums, visit Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day.



Kirk Savage Lecture

Beyond the Victim Monument



A Free Lecture by Kirk Savage


October 8, 5:30 p.m. - Kirk Savage, professor of art history at the University of Pittsburgh and author of the new book, Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape, will deliver a free lecture co-sponsored by the Dallas Holocaust Museum, the Art History Department at Southern Methodist University and The Sixth Floor Museum. This event will be held in The Sixth Floor Museum's South Gallery (seventh floor).


Dr. Savage will explore the achievements and pitfalls of the "victim monument," a 20th-century monument type that has come to rival and perhaps even supplant the hero monuments of old. With special attention given to the memorial landscape of Washington, D.C., the talk will examine the origins of the victim monument, its spread and its implications for the future of memorialization.


The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For more information, call 214-768-2698; for tickets, call 214-768-2787.



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411 Elm St.

Dallas, Texas 75202




Open Daily

10-6 Tue-Sun

12-6 Mon


Museum Mission


The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets and supports the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history.





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