Your guide to getting the most out of your visit to the Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza welcomes many visitors from all over the globe during the summer months. However, as Dallas locals know, summer is not our most forgiving season, since temperatures sometimes reach triple-digits. We have compiled a list of tips that will help you enjoy your trip to the Museum this summer, no matter how high the heat index.
Wear comfortable clothes
Summers in Dallas are H-O-T! Out-of-towners are often surprised that while the temperature may only be 93, the heat index makes it feel much warmer outside. Thankfully, The Sixth Floor Museum is indoors and air conditioned, but we still recommend dressing for the sweltering heat outside. Comfortable walking shoes, breathable shirts and shorts are recommended.
Buy tickets online
Sometimes the Museum sells out. Summer is a busy time of year and we want to ensure your visit is a special one! You can buy timed tickets online a minimum of two hours in advance at www.jfk.org. Often, buying tickets online helps you better plan your trip and it might minimize your wait time to get into the Museum.
Take note of museum hours
Unlike many museums that are closed on Mondays, The Sixth Floor Museum is open daily. Admission hours are Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Mondays 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. However, if you do arrive early on a Monday, have no fear! The Museum Store + Café is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Located across the street from the Museum at 501 Elm street, it’s situated on the corner of N. Houston Street and Elm. Early birds can enjoy coffee from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters and snack on pastries from Rush Patisserie and sandwiches from Bolsa while they wait.
Visit Museum Store + Café
We strongly recommend a visit to the Museum Store + Café after you view the exhibit as well. In addition to the delectable assortment of edibles listed above, the Café also sells Henry’s Ice Cream, a delicious North Texas treat. The merchandise is eclectic, including a wide range of books, collectibles, jewelry and gifts. You’ll find items pertaining to President Kennedy’s campaign, assassination and legacy. The Museum Store + Café also carries jewelry, books and gifts that evoke Jackie Kennedy’s famous personal style, as well as items that center around rich culture of Texas and downtown Dallas.
Get the most out of your day in Big D
Did you know that when you park in The Sixth Floor Museum’s parking lot during the day, your parking is valid until 7 p.m.? In addition to visiting the Museum, we recommend getting the most out of your day in Dallas by visiting other nearby institutions or eating a meal at one of the great restaurants in the West End. For this, you will also want to wear comfortable shoes! Many exciting attractions and food destinations are just a 10-15 minute walk away.
Regardless of how you plan your trip around a visit to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, our goal is to ensure your time in the Museum will be a profound experience with lasting memories. We hope to see you soon at The Sixth Floor Museum!
Looking for a last minute Father’s Day gift for the hero in your life? Get inspired by John F. Kennedy’s tale of heroism!
In 1943, 17 years before he was elected president, Lieutenant John F. Kennedy’s motor torpedo boat PT-109 was sunk in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Kennedy, clenching a life jacket strap between his teeth to tow one injured crewmember, swam for four hours to lead survivors to a nearby island. Kennedy’s actions made him a hero and later framed the political narrative of his presidential campaign in 1960. In fact, the story of PT-109 was so powerful, it became a cultural phenomenon, inspiring books, movies, replicas and toys.
This Father’s Day, pay a visit to The Sixth Floor Museum Store and pick up some of our special PT-109-inspired gifts for Dad!
This military-inspired backpack features heavyweight water resistant canvas, zipper pockets, a hang loop and adjustable padded backpack straps. Perfect for your dad to hit the great outdoors!
These classic, military-style aviator glasses are just like the ones worn by Kennedy in pictures from his time on PT-109. A cool gift for a cool dad.
PT-109 Gold-Plated Pin or Tie Bar $16/$18
These commemorative gold-plated pins are replicas of the ones distributed to Kennedy supporters during his 1960 campaign as a symbol of his character and courage. Also available as a tie bar. A perfect accessory for the heroic dad in your life.
PT 109: An American Epic of War, Survival, and the Destiny of John F. Kennedy, by William Doyle
Best-selling author William Doyle chronicles the thrilling account of the sinking of PT-109 and explores how this extraordinary episode shaped Kennedy’s character and career.
National Geographic’s The Search For Kennedy’s PT109
This National Geographic special, directed by Peter Getzels, documents both the original PT-109 story and Dr. Robert Ballard’s search for the boat wreckage, which was eventually located in May 2002. Inspire your dad with this astonishing story!
The Sixth Floor Museum Store is located at 501 Elm Street, across the street from the Museum, and is open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Many items are available online at store.jfk.org.
This weekend, we celebrate Memorial Day and honor those who gave their lives serving our country. Sunday also coincides with President Kennedy’s 99th birthday. That is perhaps appropriate considering the president’s great support of the military. Kennedy himself served in the United States Naval Reserve during World War II. “I can imagine a no more rewarding career,” he said, while speaking at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1963.
Less than two months before the birth of the future President John F. Kennedy in 1917, the United States officially declared war on the German Empire, three years into World War I. President Woodrow Wilson, who had just started his second term in March, spoke before a joint session of Congress on April 2, 1917. Although he had advocated neutrality, recent world events prompted him to push for U.S. entry, declaring it to be the “war to end war.” World War I would conclude the following year with the Armistice of Compiègne—ending the fight on the Western Front—between the Allies and Germany on November 11, 1918.
43 years later, President Kennedy would recognize those who “flew and fought in the skies over Europe” at a reunion of World War I veterans. He wrote: “The courage and spirit of those who led the way established a proud tradition for the airmen who followed in World War II, Korea, and the Cold War of today.”
Like President Kennedy, we take this weekend to show our appreciation for all those who have served and are serving our nation.
In honor of President Kennedy’s 99th birthday, we will be offering 99 cent ice cream (the President’s favorite food) at the Museum Store+Café all Memorial Day weekend. In addition, the Museum will have extended holiday hours on Monday, May 30, and will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
From all of us at the Museum, have a happy and safe holiday weekend!