Housing the largest collection of Salvador Dali works in the world, the museum offers a regularly changing exhibit of the ... More
Salvador Dali Museum
Housing the largest collection of Salvador Dali works in the world, the museum offers a regularly changing exhibit of the legendary surrealist artist's melting-watch canvases and a wide variety of his sculpture and fiber objects that are, at the very least, intriguing. One memorable creation toasts the cocktail party; it is a vest covered with full glasses of creme de menthe. Daily tours seek to explain this complex man and his equally complex art. In the museum store you can select a memento of your surreal experience. Do check the website or call for timings.
The museum is, like Dali's work, fantastic in the most wonderful way. The museum design reflects many of Dali's concepts. The ~100 paintings are all there on display - how wonderful for those who want to see the span of his work from childhood to maturity. In addition are many lithos, some sculpture, and even a holograph and excerpts from movies. Plan to spend a day and to enjoy the gift shop and tapas bar for lunch.
The new location takes an extraordinary collection in a mundane place to an extraordinary collection to a spectacular locale. This museum is one of the reasons St. Pete is such an outstanding small city.
The new Dali museum is a travesty. Sure it's pretty, and I'm pretty sure some self-serving individuals are pleased with this monument to themselves - it certainly wasn't built to glorify the awesome works of Dali. Only a tiny portion of this building is reserved for Dali's works, and those that are have his works displayed in a way that makes many of them unviewable. His large works are completely unviewable as they are displayed at foot level in cramped areas, so you can either walk up to within 4 feet of them (as most in this crowded place do) or stand at a distance and see the upper half of the paintings and imagine what might behind the heads and torsos of the people between you and these works.
By comparison, the old space was a showcase for Dali and his works, the larger pieces strategically positioned to provide optimum viewing.
The reason space is so cramped in this massive structure: only a portion of the third floor is available for showing his works, with the central stairway and mezzanine dominating the space. The entire first floor is dedicated to extracting cash in the form of Dali trinkets along with food and wine.
If you are as disappointed as I am, stop by and mention this to those on the second floor which is entirely dedicated offices for the self-serving egotists who are responsible. This floor is their throne, sandwiched between the rubes below and the jewels stacked willy-nilly in the attic above.
If you were to ask me to sum up this attraction in one word, I would have to say WOW and add that is was probably the highlight of our trip to this area.
I am not an artsy person, museums usually bore me and in all honesty I did not even know who Salvador Dali was… but after visiting this museum I can honestly say I am now a fan of his work and even bought some prints in the gift shop.
If you go, take time for the guided tour.. Especially those (like me) who are not familiar with his work. It was very informative and will help you better understand and interpret his paintings. He likes to use a lot of double imagery that I would not have known about had I not listened to the tour guide. Lightweight folding chairs are available for free. I thought this was nice for people that have trouble getting around or standing for extended periods of time. The gift shop is very nice with a wide variety of items in all price ranges. If you know a Dali fan, you are sure to find something for them here.
If you are in the area, definitely take the time to visit this attraction!! If not already, you may just become a fan like I did.
i liked the huge painting, they show so much detail. The atmosphere of the museum is vary clean. I only been there once, but I loved every minute of it and can't wait to come back next week..
PS. I am so looking forword to see Dali's work agine.
The dali is an amazing adventure. From busy weekends where tourists shrug and wonder to quiet weekdays when yu can really absorb his work, the experience is always unique and wonderous. The docent led tours are great and readily available. Definately something worth driving from anywhere in Florida to see.
This is a unique site to see and well worth the price. A great place to escape the Florida heat and see some of this master artists work. Every time I go I spend hours there and always find it refreshing and new!
I will be going again when I visit Florida in May.
This museum was top-notch! Dali's works are displayed in a very spacious and bright manner. The guided tour was optional, but absolutely the only was to see these works the first time through. What a talent, and what a marvelous way to spend an afternoon.
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