Dali Museum, St. Petersburg
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The Dali Museum is a world-class museum of Salvador Dali's art. It is housed in an architectural masterpiece on the bay in St. Petersburg. A delightful garden with views of the bay, and a cafe with windows looking out on the garden are also part of the museum.
Ren and Eleanor Morse, from Cleveland, founded the museum, choosing its location because of the similarity between its original spot on a rock outcropping on the water and Dali's childhood home in the northeast of Spain. They were a couple who loved life, he a businessman in the plastics business and her a student of Music, French, and Spanish, and from the beginning of their marriage they collected Dali's works.
Climb the winding stairs through the light-filled center of the building to the third floor and there is the gallery filled with Dali's paintings. It is nice to watch his evolution as an artist. I love the self-portrait he made as a teen, with hat and pipe (that he did not smoke) to add mystique. It's great to listen to the audio tour which is included in your admission. Dali's works are so unusual it makes you want to learn more about his life and what shaped his psyche.
After checking out the paintings, head to the first floor where you can have a delicious snack or cup of tea at Cafe Gala (named after Dali's wife) while looking out on the garden and water. Here you sit under the amazing glass triangles that make up the exterior of the building. There is also a large gift shop.
Kids love to go outside and run around. There is a bench with Dali's famous melting clock slung over it. And there's a tree that has whimsical strings falling from the branches where visitors have tied their wristbands- it looks magical! A giant moustache sculpture is another fun part of the garden. And there's a maze of hedges that kids love to run through- you can't get lost in it which is good!
If you walk north several blocks you will come to the main business district of St. Petersburg where there are some restaurants.
Afterward, stroll along gorgeous St. Pete Beach at sunset.
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The Dali Museum is located at 1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg FL 33701, call (727) 823-3767. Parking is $10.
Open daily 10-5:30, Thursdays til 8pm.
Admission is $24 for adults, $22 for seniors and military, $17 for students aged 13 and up, and $10 for children aged 6-12. After 5pm on Thurs admission is $10.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.