This St. Petersburg museum is too dalicious to pass up. Inside the dalightful structure are hundreds of dalicacies that will satisfy the most fervent fan of Surrealist art. Even for those with disdain for the artsy-fartsy, or people who just aren’t interested in dilly-Dali-ing around paintings, the waterfront location of the building…well, c’est magnifique! An afternoon at the Dali Museum makes for a unique learning experience for travelers of any age or background.
There’s no denying that the works of Salvador Dali are bizarre, but this collection sheds light on the life and ingenious mind of the Spanish artist behind the controversial and revered paintings that have titillated the art world for nearly a century. Visitors will learn about his escape from Europe during the terrors of World War II and his transitions through various mediums and genres, including Impressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism. The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg boasts an incredible permanent collection, including works held within 20,000 square feet of geometrically-sumptuous gallery space. Ninety-six oil paintings, select drawings, fine prints, photographs, videos and Surreal objects by Salvador Dali are boldly showcased in a lavish display that is rivaled only by a second Dali Museum located in Figueres, Spain. ¡Viva la Revelación! Shows the works in chronological sequence with focus given to the key works in the career of Dali, shown in ambient lighting. The main galleries at The Dali highlight not only the works of the man himself, but also the stunning panoramic view of Tampa Bay.
Collection highlights include Dali’s “Self Portrait” (1921), “Cadaques” (1923), “Puzzle of Autumn” (1935), “Portrait of My Sister” (1923), “Girl with Curls” (1926), “Basket of Bread” (1926) “The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory” (1952-1954), “The Hallucinogenic Toreador” (1969-1970), and dozens of other masterpieces.
For those who can’t get enough of Salvador Dali, objet d’art, prints, accessories and clothing are available for sale in the museum store. The Dali in St. Petersburg is the only attraction on Florida’s west coast to receive a three-star rating from Michelin, and has been dubbed “one of the top buildings you have to see before you die”. Don’t delay any longer, the works of Dali await!
Parking in the museum lot is $5.
Take I-275 to Exit 22 in St. Petersburg. Follow I-175 East to its end at the light on 4th Street South. Continue straight on Dali Boulevard to the Museum's entrance on the left.
From Orlando, Take I-4 West to I-275 South to Exit 22 (left exit) onto 175 East in St. Petersburg. Follow to I-175 East (left exit) to its end at the light on 5th Ave South. Continue straight on Dali Boulevard (5th Ave South) to the Museum entrance on the left.
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) http://www.psta.net
St. Petersburg Trolley Downtown Looper http://www.loopertrolley.com/
PSTA's Central Avenue Trolley http://www.psta.net/CAT.php
Comments about Smart Destinations Dali Museum:
Use a docent. It really gives insight into what Dali was trying to convey. Weird but awesome works.