After gazing deeply into the optical illusions of The Hallucinogenic Toreador, admiring the fluffy white pom-poms on Venus de Milo with Drawers, and struggling to decipher Abraham Lincoln’s face at 20 meters away…it does make one wonder.
The Dali Museum in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida touted by AOL Travel News as “one of the top buildings you have to see before you die” doesn’t disappoint. In true Surreal style, the Glass Enigma, a 75 foot geodesic dome, covers the building in 1062 triangular glass plates – none of which are the same size.
Inside the museum, a 60 foot spiral staircase in the shape of a DNA helix, disappears into the air amid sweeping views of Tampa Bay and the St. Pete waterfront. Dali’s collections include 96 oil paintings and over 2,000 other pieces of his art. A guided tour is HIGHLY recommended and these leave daily every half hour. Self-paced audio tours are also included with admission but the guided tour really did add a lot to the experience.
But the fun doesn’t end inside the museum walls…be sure to take a walk through the labyrinth of hedges and then stop for a rest by the melting clocks. The views across the Bay and the breezes are reward enough!
Museum hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10:00am – 5:30pm
Thursday: 10:00am – 8pm
Friday & Saturday: 10:00am – 5:30pm
Sunday: 12 noon – 5:30pm
Regular adult admission is $24, but check out their Special Offers page for discounts!