Thursday, January 22, 2009

Take Me On A Tour: Sixth Floor Museum, Dallas

When GreatGrandma was making her plans to visit us last week, Grammie thought she'd like to see the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas.

Honestly, I have never considered a trip because Reese is in Kindergarten and I was afraid he wouldn't understand the relevancy of such a museum. But it was either the Sixth Floor Museum or the King Tut exhibit, and I was glad Grammie & GreatGrandma chose the Sixth Floor museum because it was cheaper!

Adult admission cost $13.50 , Seniors cost $12.50, Children (6-18) cost $12.50, & children under 5 are free. With this coupon we were able to save $2 per admission (I printed one copy for everybody) so the cost was very reasonable! And thanks to Grammie for paying, becuase I got out extra cheap! :)

They do not allow photography or videotaping in the museum, so this mural at the entrance was our only photo opportunity!I had expected to pay extra for the audio tour offered, because I wanted GreatGrandma & Grammie to get the full effect of the tour. Imagine my surprise when I found out the audio tour is included in the admission cost! That makes it an even better value, because other places (such as the Dallas Zoo) charge extra for the audio tour option.
This was taken inside the women's restroom, because technically, I wasn't supposed to be taking pictures. But we hadn't entered the museum yet, & I wanted to get a shot of how thrilled Reese was with my photo request...

A quick note about the audio tour... There is a youth version that Reese listened to, & I would recommend getting yourself the youth version if anyone in your party is using one!

The audio tour walks/talks you through the entire museum and explains each exhibit. However, the adult tour & the youth tour are not timed the same, so if you're listening to the adult version you will not be in the same place as your child in the tour & it will become very confusing!

About half way through, I went back to the entrance & swapped my adult tour for the youth tour headset so Reese & I could be in the same place. I still feel like I learned plenty from the youth version & it was much more helpful when explaining things to Reese.

Before we visited the museum, I checked out a handful of books from the library about JFK. Our favorite was A Picture Book of John F. Kennedy by David Adler. It's geared towards elementary age kids, & it's a good, basic summary of JFK's life.

I didn't think about it before hand, but a President who got shot, and the man who shot him got shot, is a very interesting concept to a little boy who loves war play!

By starting with the children's book, Reese had an idea of who JFK was & why a museum was built in his honor. The youth audio tour filled in all the gaps & there are so many interesting displays, movie clips, & exhibits that by the time we left, Reese had a great feel for why the entire world mourned JFK's death.

I would highly recommend visiting the museum, especially if you have company in town! Four generations of our family were completely engrossed in the museum the whole time...we were there for almost two hours and we had no idea we were there that long!


Renee said...

That's neat. (I read all the way to the bottom and my eye glanced the giraffe birth as I clicked on comment so I am eager to finish this comment so I can figure out what the heck you posted below...Anywhoo, this sounds so neat. We will check it out! The audio thing sounds like the icing on the cake with little kids.

Soultravelers3 said...

Cool! I just hate museums that do not let you take pics. I am afraid we cheat sometimes and take a few and Mozart has a fit because she does not like to break rules.

After being spoiled by so many great free museums on our open ended world tour, I now believe EVERY museum should be free!! ;)

I love museums with fun audio version for kids!

Tiffany @ Life on the Road said...

I'm not sure I would have thought of touring a JFK museum, so I appreciate these insights! said...

Cool! Love finding out new places to go - I will have to take Grace. :)

dommy said...

This reminds me a bit of visiting the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis...part of it is housed in the Lorraine Motel (where Martin Luther King Jr. was killed). But it was a fascinating place, and it sounds like the Sixth Floor Museum is similarly interesting.

There are a lot of museums that do not allow photos is annoying, especially when they don't offer a guidebook with decent photos, either.

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Kris said...

We love museum trips but the costs really do add up, especially for large families (we only have kids.) We have so many around, I'd like to go somewhere every month, if possible.

Kalyan said...

Nice detailed post Reese. You seemed to have visited around the same time as I did. I must say, the Museum is worth spending a couple of hours. JFK blew me away. I even posted about the museum.