Visiting the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida
The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg Florida is certainly a must see, even if you aren’t a surrealism fanatic because the building itself is something to see!
About the Dali Museum in Florida including hours and prices:
A. Reynolds and Eleanor Morse who started collecting Dali paintings in 1943 just a year after they got married founded the Dali museum. The couple’s private collection was so large by the 1960’s that they opened a museum in 1971; however, they were searching for a larger location when a Community Coalition approached them from the city of St. Petersburg, FL, which is where they opened the Dali Museum in 1982. The newest Dali Museum building opened in January 2011. The collection of Dali paintings at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg is the one of the best collections of Dali’s work in America.
The building of the Dali Museum in Florida
I visited the Dali Museum in Florida recently, and while I am not a big fan of the artist’s work I do appreciate the complexity of it and I certainly admired the new museum building, which I think is just as interesting to see as the exhibition. Yann Weymouth at HOK designed the Dali Museum in Florida. The building was obviously designed with the artists work in mind, as there are strong contrasts between stone and glass, lines and curves, and complex angles. Perhaps the most dazzling element of the Dali Museum is the spiral staircase that continues to stretch towards the ceiling even after the steps are gone. The skylight ceiling is also a marvelous touch and allows that bright blue Florida sky to show through to the cafe on the ground floor. The Dali Museum building is really quite something to see!
To read more about the architecture of the Dali Museum in Florida click here and you can find out how they designed the building to sustain hurricane force winds, rain, and even made it a sustainable green building.
The Dali Museum hours and prices:
Monday through Wednesday 10 – 5:30
Thursday 10 – 8
Friday and Saturday 10 – 5:30
Sunday Noon – 5:30
*And the museum store stays open half an hour after closing!
Admissions prices for Dali Museum in Florida
Children tickets range from free to $15 (depending on age) – see official museum website for details
*On Thursdays, tickets are $10 after 5pm!
**These ticket prices were current as of August 2012.