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Saturday Morning At The Dali
We will meet at The Hangar at 9:30 am and go to the Dali Museum at 10:30 am. If you don’t want breakfast, you can meet us at the museum. Please RSVP accordingly. So we can determine if we meet the group minimum.
The restaurant is at Albert Whitted Airport, Second Floor, 540 1st St SE in St Petersburg. This is a great place to have breakfast. They are located only 1 block from the Dali and they have free parking. The Dali charges $10.00 for parking. This savings will covered almost half of the entrance costs. Click here to view the menu.
The Dali Museum
Every visit to The Dali reveals something unique that will expand your mind the way only Salvador Dali can. Creative energy is sown over every inch of the grounds. They offer free, docent-led public tours of the galleries as well a special architectural building tour on weekends.
The museum is located at: 1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Gallery Public Tour Times (free with admission)
Experience this comprehensive collection of Salvador Dali works under the guidance of one of their expert tour guides. You’ll learn all about the man, the art and the legend that is Salvador Dali.
Complimentary audio guides are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Private, docent-led tours are available for an additional fee.
Admission is $21.00 for a group of 10 or more; otherwise it will be $24.00. Seniors 65 or older are charged $19.00, or $22.00 if there is less than 10 people.
About the Dali Museum
The Dali Museum celebrates the life and work of Salvador Dali (1904-1989) and features works from the artist’s entire career. The collection includes over 2,100 works from every moment and in every medium of his artistic activity, including 96 oil paintings, many original drawings, book illustrations, artists’ books, prints, sculpture, photos, manuscripts and an extensive archive of documents. Founded with the works collected by Reynolds and Eleanor Morse, the Museum has made significant additions to its collection over the years.
In 1942, the Morses visited a traveling Dali retrospective at the Cleveland Museum of Art organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York and became fascinated with the artist’s work. On March 21, 1943, the Morses bought their first Dali painting, Daddy Longlegs of the Evening, Hope! (1940). This was the first of many acquisitions, which would culminate 40 years later in the preeminent collection of Dali’s work in America. On April 13, 1943, the Morses met Salvador Dali and his wife Gala in New York initiating a long, rich friendship.
The Morses first displayed their Dali paintings in their home, and by the mid-1970s decided to donate their entire collection. A Wall Street Journal article titled, “U.S. Art World Dillydallies Over Dali,” caught the attention of the St. Petersburg, FL community, who rallied to bring the collection to the area. The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL opened in 1982. The distinguished new building, which opened on January 11, 2011, enables the Museum to better protect and display the collection, to welcome the public, and to educate and promote enjoyment. In a larger sense it is a place of beauty dedicated, as is Dali’s art, to understanding and transformation.
The original Dali Museum opened in St. Petersburg in 1982, after community leaders rallied to bring the Morses’ superlative collection of Dali works to the area. The Dali’s stunning new building opened on January 11, 2011. Designed by architect Yann Weymouth of HOK, it combines the rational with the fantastical: a simple rectangle with 18-inch thick hurricane-proof walls out of which erupts a large free-form geodesic glass bubble known as the “enigma”. The Enigma, which is made up of 1,062 triangular pieces of glass, stands 75 feet at its tallest point, a twenty-first century homage to the dome that adorns Dali’s museum in Spain. Inside, the Museum houses another unique architectural feature – a helical staircase – recalling Dali’s obsession with spirals and the double helical shape of the DNA molecule.
For more information, click here to visit their website.