I had been told this, but the truth is it is much smaller than it appears in our minds eye, since we have watched so much footage of it, and it is an almost unreal occurrence.
The truth is it is a city block, and a 7 story building is really just a seven story building.
The road is marked with two xs of where the shots occurred. I did not see this, but a friend who went said she saw teen girls rushing out between red lights and taking selfies, which sounds distasteful, but I am not terribly surprised.
They do not let you take pictures from the six floor nor can you stand in the 'spot', but the Book Depository is open and is a museum. You can look outside the sixth floor window and you can take pictures from the seventh floor. Of course, the reason why you cant take pictures from the actual spot Oswald was, is because 'OMG, that shot would be impossible!1!!1!!'.
There are a few hucksters and shysters, informal tour guides who want to make a buck, and at least conspiracy author with a table set up. Though, not enough riffraff that you can't avoid.
There is the grassy knoll, which would most likely not be noticed. I feel like I even know less what a knoll is now, and grassy is pretty subjective. There is a fence that is there, and has been rebuilt, which is where a second gunman would have escaped.
I have read recently in Carlson's Dead Presidents book that Dallas has an uncomfortable history of the assassination, but has finally seemed to make some sense of peace of it. It makes sense as the museum is a celebration of Kennedy, and everything reflects his positive legacy. The conspiracy gets some mention in the museum, but it's minimal and unavoidable, really. The gift shop largely dedicated to JFK with only a few books about Oswald, and none I saw of the 'kooky conspiracy' variety.
I read an Oswald biography in junior high and it was a riveting story to me. It's no big thing to say that you are interested in the assisnation, but I remember being deeply affected by the Oswald bio, which seemed so unreal to me.
Which leads to the obvious questions. The JFK conspiracies aren't as hot as they were 20 years ago. We have moved on to other things (9/11) and as files get unclassified, and people from the era age and pass away without deathbed confessions, I think America is getting back to believing the Warren Commission.
In which case, the shot looks tough given the weapon, but not impossible. To me, that seems completely plausible. More so than the angle of the Grassy Knoll which would also necessitate fleeing the scene. Given the chance to prepare and set up, and a slow moving vehicle, it's not unrealistic to me. Plus, we have also heard a car backfire, so audio can play tricks on the mind.
The sixth floor is a museum, and though most of the artifacts are elsewhere in the type of National Museums one finds in DC, there are some interesting pieces. There's Oswald's wedding ring, the Zapruder camera, a China set which was planned for JFKs use while in Dallas, and the jacket of Jim Leavelle he was wearing in that iconic photo of Ruby shooting Oswald (Leavelle is the most striking character of that photo besides the primary two).
The gun isn't there, but a similar model is on display.
It was well worth while just to see given the attention to this historical event, and was well worth it as a history buff. The road is still used as a main thoroughfare which is also kind of weird.