Salvador Dali Museum is a must see on the St. Pete Waterfront

Salvador Dali Museum is a must see on the St. Pete Waterfront

As it goes when you live here, you don’t always have time do things that you would do when you are on vacation.  Recently, I had a house guest, an artist from California and they wanted to go the Dali Museum!  A great opportunity to go since, I had not been to the new museum. It has been on the St. Pete waterfront since 2011.  It is on the property where the old Bayfront Center used to stand. 

Art Mueseum St. Petersburg, FloridaThe original building was established in 1982 by Reynolds and Eleanor Morse who were friends and collectors of Dali’s work for over 40 years.  The St. Pete Museum has the largest collection of Dali’s works outside his museum in Spain!

Currently there is a collection on display of Dali’s work in fashion with Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli in “Daring Fashion” which is on display until January 14, 2018.  There you will see Dali’s first foray into fashion design with lobster print among other designs. The collection is on loan from the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Met.

St. Pete MuseumDali worked with various photographers and movie makers over the years.  He worked with Alfred Hitchcock for a dream sequence in the movie “Spellbound” and with Walt Disney on a film called “Destino’ that took 47 years to finish! Roy Disney completed it in 2003! A flamboyant character himself, Dali lived with and was married to his wife, Gala from 1929 till her death in 1982.  Dali died in 1989 at the age of 84.

The museum hosts his Permanent Collection along with a new interactive exhibit.  A café with drinks and light food is available. They have a great gift shop of unique Dali items!  There is a beautiful garden on the waterfront. They give you a free audio guide that narrates to you on headphones all the information on each individual work of art.  Tickets start at $22 for adults and $17.00 for kids. Take a staycation day and visit the Dali. One of the greatest surrealist artists of our time!          

Photos by Vicky Sullivan / Rock the Lens Photography   

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