What started as a short-term exhibit honoring the memory of President John F. Kennedy, The Sixth Floor Museum will begin commemorating their 25 years in Dallas on Thursday.
Since being installed on President's Day 1989, the museum has grown from the core exhibit, "John F. Kennedy and the Memory of a Nation," to one of the most significant historical sites in Dallas.
"What was initially conceived as a temporary exhibit has evolved into a world-recognized, accredited museum that plays a crucial role within the Dallas cultural community," Nicola Longford, executive director of The Sixth Floor, said in a press release. "Since opening 25 years ago, the Museum has developed into a major collecting institution, with more than 45,000 items -- including 1,200 oral histories -- that connect generations from around the world to the legacy and memory of President Kennedy."
Guests visiting on Thursday will be offered free cell phone tours and will be able to attend speaker sessions from curators who will detail the history of the museum.
Beyond the special events planned for the start of the 25th anniversary celebration, the museum is also installing a new enhancement to the exhibit located in the sniper's perch. The museum has installed four interactive touch screens to explain more about what happened in Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963, the day of JFK's assassination.
Throughout the year, the museum said they are planning discount days, special programs, and living history presentations with authors, researchers, and others.
Find more information on the museum's anniversary plans by clicking here.