Dedicated to one of the most iconic artist of all time, Salvador Dali, The Dali Museum was opened in 1982 in St Petersburg, Florida.
Founded with the private collection of Reynolds and Eleanor Morse, they first displayed the paintings in their home, and by the mid-1970s decided to donate their entire collection.
Dali’s Museum is a place that celebrates Dali’s paintings, sculptures, his visionary films and interactive art, gathering a collection of over 2,000 works including 96 oil paintings, original drawings, illustrations, prints, sculpture, photos, manuscripts and documents.
In 2011 was added a new section designed by architect Yann Weymouth, to express the combination of rationally and fantasy. One part of the new building is the “Enigma”, a large glass bubble made up of 1,062 triangular pieces of glass, as homage to Dali’s museum in Spain. Inside also there is another unique architectural feature, a helical staircase, which recalls Dali’s obsession with spirals and DNA.
On the waterfront of Tampa Bay, visitors can enjoy the museum’s gardens and in particular the Mathematical Garden where they can experience the relationship between math and nature.
On the first floor is located the Store, a Theater showing short films or used as location for concerts, lectures or classes and the Raymond James Community room, a space for conferences, weddings or events.
In the second floor visitors can find the Library, a unique resource of over 7,000 volumes, rare books, catalogs, manuscripts, videos, sound recordings, photographs, magazines and newspapers about Salvador Dali, other artists and about Surrealism and Avant-garde.
All Dali’s and special exhibitions are on the third floor and from here visitors can enjoy a breathtaking view of the gardens and waterfront through the Enigma.
After a walk through the Museum, it is possible to have a light breakfast or lunch at Cafe Gala, named in honor of Salvador Dali’s wife, the café offers tapas, small plates of appetizers, traditional pastries, salads and sandwiches.
Photo Credit: ©2017 – Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL.