Discover the Dalí Museum

Outside of Europe, you won’t find a more expansive collection of works by Salvador Dalí than you will in St. Pete. And nowhere will you find his art in a better setting.

A view of the unique architecture of the Dali Museum at sunset.

The Dali Museum in St. Pete's Waterfront Museum District welcomes more than 400,000 visitors each year.

The Dalí Museum is home to more than 2,400 works by the surrealist master. And while perusing some of his most famous oil paintings, watercolors and sketches feels like a journey into Dalí’s mind, the museum's building itself is a big part of the experience.


 

Special Exhibitions at Dalí

The Dalí Museum’s galleries consist of the James Family and Hough Family wings. The former houses the museum’s permanent collection, and the latter is where you’ll find rotating exhibits.

Through October 30, 2022, the museum is featuring "The Visit," showcasing works by the Uruguayan-Spanish artist Yamandú Canosa, who blends the influences of Surrealism and contemporary art.

Paul Éluard: Poetry, Politics, Love,” running through January 8, 2023, explores the world of one of the founders of Surrealism, the French art movement whose poetry celebrated dreams, love and freedom. 

The Dalí has a couple of exhibits fusing art and technology. The first is “Dalí Lives,” where an AI version of Salvador Dalí discusses his life and inspirations. The second is “Dreams of Dalí in Virtual Reality,” where visitors step inside a VR version of “Archaeological Reminiscence of Millet’s ‘Angelus.’” 

the exterior of the Dali Museum's geodesic dome reflects the clouds and sky

The Enigma, part of the Dalí Museum's exterior, reflects the clouds and blue sky in its geodesic dome.

The Dalí Museum is a Work of Art in Itself

The museum was designed by architect Yann Weymouth, who also designed the glass pyramid at the Louvre and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. His most striking feature at the Dalí is the Enigma, a geodesic dome made of 1,062 glass triangles which allow brilliant Florida sunshine into the atrium. It protrudes from 18-inch concrete walls, which protect the collection against the possibility of even a Category 5 hurricane. 

Inside, a winding helix staircase takes visitors from the ground floor up to the galleries on floor three. It’s a tribute to Dalí’s fascination with the structure of DNA, beginning each visitor experience with a climb into the surreal. Guests can enjoy the elevated panorama of Tampa Bay as they ascend.

The Avant Garden

On your visit, be sure to save some time to wander the Avant Garden, an outdoor space that continues the surreal adventure. Melting clocks cling to benches, Dalí’s moustache has its own statue, and a Wish Tree beckons people to leave their dreams on little slips of paper. You’ll also find a meditative water feature in The Grotto and subtle nods to the golden ratio in the math garden – a tribute to Dalí’s obsession with numbers in nature.

an artfully designed plate of food including carrots, spices and a sweet potato at Cafe Gala at the Dali Museum in St. Pete

Cafe Gala at the museum offers visitors a chance to relax with a coffee or a drink, or to enjoy a full meal.

The Gift Shop and Café

The Dalí Museum store is filled with quizzical objects that are enjoyable even if you’re not buying. You’ll find melting clock mugs and clocks shaped like tearing eyes, alongside Dalí tarot cards. There’s even a book of touching, funny and bizarre wishes from the Avant Garden’s Wish Tree.

The Spanish-inspired Café Gala offers light tapas, salads and paninis, desserts and coffee, as well as a selection of Spanish wines.
 

Tips for Visiting

Download The Dalí Museum’s app before you go: It offers an augmented reality feature to many of the masterworks. The animation and sounds transform these large-scale paintings into mini-movies, adding another level to the museum experience. The app also offers virtual tours and maps of the museum. Groups can arrange for a docent-led tour.

Admission to the Dalí Museum is via timed tickets, which must be purchased in advance. This keeps the number of visitors consistent and allows you to better plan your day.

Tip: Reduced admission is offered on Thursdays after 5 p.m. Special sensory days are offered at the museum from time to time (call to enquire). Kids and parents alike enjoy "dillydally with Dalí," an interactive art activity offered by the museum sporadically.