The year was 1963, and Ruth Paine’s small suburban home in Irving became the focus of an investigation into the assassination of President Kennedy. Half a century later, this historic home has been restored to its 1963 look and opened as a multimedia museum to tell the story of the events that occurred there.
Learn how this home played an integral part in the investigation. See the Paine family photos, Warren Commission photos and other available material. Listen as the 90-minute interactive docent-led tours give visitors a sense of the time and place where these historic events occurred.
From the old-fashioned television set that sits in the living room playing rare 1960s media coverage of President Kennedy’s visit to Dallas to the iconic couch replica where Ruth Paine was interviewed by countless journalists, the museum gives visitors a sense of the time and place where the historic events occurred.
To enhance the visitor’s feel of being in the house in 1963, the story of the events that unfolded there is told through projected vignettes in which actors play the roles of Ruth and Michael Paine, and Marina and Lee Harvey Oswald. Through words from the historical record, the actors bring the story to life.
The events surrounding the assassination have engrossed historians, scholars and everyday Americans for decades. Come see for yourself, tours of the Ruth Paine House Museum are available to the public. Tickets are required for entry to the museum and must be purchased online in advance here. Visitors should check in at the visitors center 10 minutes prior to their scheduled tour time.
Ticket and Tour information:
Tour schedule: Tuesdays through Saturdays - 10 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
Price of Admission: Ages 12 and older: $12, Children ages 11 and younger: Free
Admission to the Ruth Paine House Museum is by guided tour only; tickets are required and advance ticket purchase online is the only way to guarantee a spot on a tour. Tickets can be purchased here and are picked up when you check in at the visitors center. All tours begin at Ruth Pain Visitors Center and to respect the privacy of the residents in the museum's neighborhood, visitors must remain with tour group and on the Ruth Paine House property at all times. More information about the museum can be found at the City of Irving website here. For more information on group tours, call (972) 721-3729.