Visitor Information – Salvador Dalí Museum
ADA accessible Parking
The Museum offers 9 designated accessible parking spaces in the lot adjacent to the Museum, available on a first come, first served basis. Entrance to the parking lot is available off Dalí Blvd. A drop-off and loading zone is located adjacent to the parking lot and the Museum for visitors needing assistance.
The primary ADA accessible entrance to the Museum is located on the west side of the building, facing the parking area. Follow accessibility signage for entrance to the Museum. Ramps are available on the West side of the building from the accessibility drop-off/loading area marked in blue.
Visitors with Mobility Needs
The Museum offers a limited number of wheelchairs for public use within the building. Visitors wishing to use a courtesy wheelchair can make a request at the App/Information Station located at the base of the spiral stairway. The courtesy wheelchairs are available on a first come, first serve basis. Reservations for wheelchairs are not available at this time.
The Museum’s galleries and the Will Raymund Theater are manual and electric mobility device accessible. Accessible doors are available at both the main entrance to the Museum and the entrance to the Avant-garden.
Tours require light walking with periods of rest and are wheelchair accessible.
Visitors with Auditory Needs
Closed captioning is provided in the Will Raymund Theater for the Museum’s “An Unparalleled Collection” and “Surrealism: The Big Idea” films.
Free audio content can be accessed by downloading the Dalí Museum App. Audio descriptions of selected artworks are available within the app. A selection of these audio descriptions are available in five additional languages: French, German Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. App tours are also available in a variety of sizes. Printed large print booklets of tours are also available at the App/Information Station located at the base of the spiral stairway.
The Museum also offers a limited supply of courtesy Induction Neck loops (standard 3.5mm connection) for use with personal hearing aids that have a t-coil switch, headphones, or adaptive devices.
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation can be requested (727-623-4706) two weeks in advance of your visit. There is no charge for this service. To request an ASL interpreter, please submit this request form.
Visitors with Vision Needs
The Dalí Museum App interfaces with personal device Voice Over (iOS/Apple devices) and TalkBack (Android) verbal description capabilities.
Lighting in the galleries follows international standards for Museum Lighting lumens. Lighting may be dimmed in galleries that contain photographs or drawing to protect the art. Call the Museum for additional information on lighting for special exhibitions.
Full-Page Magnifiers are available upon request from the App/Info Station at the base of the circular stairway of the Museum. The magnifiers (8. 5inches x 11inches) are available on a first come, first served basis.
Visitors with Cognitive Impairment Needs
Quite hours are offered at the Museum on Sundays from 10am until 12noon. No public tours are offered during this time. The Museum also offers the Dr. Allan and Mrs. Janet Root Contemplation Room for visitors.
An experience book is available online to plan your visit. View it here.
The Dalí complies with all ADA requirements and accepts service animals* at the Museum as defined in the ADA 2019.
The Dalí does not permit Emotional Support Animals (ESA)** on site. Emotional Support Animals or Comfort Animals often used as part of a medical treatment plan as therapy animals, are not considered service animals under the ADA.
*Types of Service Dogs may include, but are not limited to:
Mobility Aid Dog
Seizure Alert Dog
Hearing Alert Dog
Diabetes Alert Dog
Migraine Alert Dog
Narcolepsy Alert Dog
Seizure Response Dog
Psychiatric Service Dog
**Types of Emotional Support Animals may include, but are not limited to:
Animals to relieve loneliness
Animals to help with depression
Animals to help with anxiety
Animals to help with certain phobias
Fully accessible public restrooms are located on the ground and top floors of the Museum. Private restrooms are also fully accessible on both floors.
The Avant-garden is accessible via automatic doors from Café Gala, the North Gate, and the South Gate ramp.
Salvador Dalí: The Image Disappears
During the pivotal decade of the 1930s, Salvador Dalí emerged as the inventor of his own personal brand of Surrealism.
This exhibition—the first devoted to the Spanish Surrealist at the Art Institute—presents more than 30 paintings, drawings, photos, and surrealist objects, as well as a rich selection of printed matter, books, and artists ephemera to explore this critical period, considering Dalí’s work in light of two defining, if contradictory, impulses: an immense desire for visibility and the urge to disappear.
How to Visit the Dalí Exhibition
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Three Young Surrealist Women Holding in Their Arms the Skins of an Orchestra, 1936
Salvador Dalí. The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2007 USA: © Salvador Dalí Museum Inc., St. Petersburg, FL, 2007
The artist cultivated these notions in a variety of ways: in path-breaking experiments with materials and palette, in depictions of exotic and mundane edible items, in surrealist fashions and sculptures with spaces for hiding, and in optically dynamic visual illusions or “double images.”
Apparition of Face and Fruit Dish on a Beach, 1938
Salvador Dalí. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2022
Examining this series of “disappearing acts” undertaken by the artist at the height of his fame, the exhibition brings together icons of the Art Institute’s Surrealism collection—such as Inventions of the Monsters (1937), Venus de Milo with Drawers (1936), and Mae West’s Face Which May be Used as a Surrealist Apartment (1934–35)—alongside celebrated loans from around the world. New technical analysis illuminates further hidden and disappearing imagery within Dalí’s works that offer veiled personal meditations on his wry, sophisticated, and ultimately paranoid approach to art making.
Works from the Art Institute’s Collection
All images © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2018
The exhibition is curated by Caitlin Haskell, Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, and Director, Ray Johnson Collection and Research, and Jennifer Cohen, curator of provenance and research, Director’s Office.
Major support for Salvador Dalí: The Image Disappears is provided by The Donnelly Family Foundation and Natasha Henner and Bala Ragothaman.
This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Salvador Dalí Museum in Figueres (Barcelona)
Salvador Dalí Theatre-Museum
The famous Theater-Museum of the Catalan surrealist Salvador Dalí is located in the town of Figueres near the Spanish-French border, 140 km from Barcelona. For fourteen years the great hoaxer and outrageous genius worked on the creation of a monument to his beloved. This endless labyrinth of corridors, stairs, halls and rooms, where shocking surprises and secrets await you at every corner, completely occupies the building of the former city theater. You may or may not love the work of this internationally recognized genius, but one thing you must admit: Dali was a born showman who turned his whole life into the art of grotesque, farce, parody and even anecdote.
Dali Museum in Figueres
By the way, for a walk through this best, in our opinion, Dali creation, do not forget to stock up on change, the Master continues to receive cash for his luxurious tricks even after death. And do not count on cheating him, everything that happens is monitored by the Spirit of the Maestro himself, immured right here within the walls of the theater.
So, we wish you an amazing walk. With our accompaniment, you will learn a lot of facts, funny stories, gossip and frank fictions related to the life of Salvador Dali and his famous wife Gala.
Excursion to Salvador Dali Theater Museum in Figueres can be combined with a trip to the fishing town Cadaqués on the Costa Brava, not far from which is located house-museum of Salvador and Gala in Portlligat bay, with excursion to Girona 9005 or Château Poubol that Dali gave to his wife, or a visit to oyster farms in France . Another option for a combined tour is a visit to one of the Empordà wineries.
An excursion to the Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres can be done both by car and by train – comfortable AVE high-speed trains run from Barcelona to Figueres and Girona. A train tour will cost a little less than a car tour (for orientation, a ticket from Barcelona to Figueres costs 32 euros round trip). The tour can be combined with a visit to Girona .
Cost of an individual excursion to the Salvador Dali Theater Museum from Barcelona or from the Costa Brava resorts (Blanes, Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar) :
|Type of tour|| Guided car tour
| Guided car tour
|Driver only||Guide only 46|| Guide only or driver only
|Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres and lunch in a traditional restaurant* (7 hours)||EUR 395||EUR 550||EUR 220||250 Euro|
|Dali Museum in Figueres + Girona, Pubol Castle or winery (9-10 hours)||495 EUR||690 EUR||270 EUR||290 EUR|
|Dalí Museum in Figueres + Cadaques (11 hours)||495 euros||690 euros||300 euros||330 euros|
|Figueres Dalí Museum + oyster farms (11 hours)||EUR 500||EUR 690||EUR 300||330 Euro|
Explanation of the types of excursions:
– Guided car tour: the tour takes place in our car, accompanied by a qualified guide with a detailed tour of the museum;
– Guide only: the tour takes place on your own transport (eg rented car) or public transport (high-speed train, paid separately) accompanied by a guide;
– Driver only: we provide you with a car with a Russian-speaking driver, without a guide. You are taken to the museum in Figueres and back, the driver helps you buy tickets. The tour of the museum is on your own.
*Lunch is paid separately, including for the guide.
Entrance tickets to the theater-museum are paid separately (14 euros for an adult ticket).
The cost of the tour for 7 or more people – on request.
Book a tour of the Dali Theater Museum in Figueres by contacting us:
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The talent of Salvador Dali was recognized during his lifetime and immortalized in the museum exposition of the Theatre-Museum. One has to look at the works of this extravagant artist, wild and strange, representing an uncontrolled flow of the subconscious, to understand what is the secret of his success.
The Dali Theatre-Museum, the Galatea tower and part of the medieval walls of the city
The town of Figueres (cat. Figueres, Spanish Figueras) is located in Catalonia, an hour and a half from Barcelona. At 19Salvador Dali was born here in 04. In 1974, the artist’s museum appeared in Figueres. The Dali Theater-Museum (cat. Teatre-Museu Dalí; Spanish Teatro-Museo Dalí) – this is how the master called his gift to his native city. A bright orange-brown building with a roof decorated with huge eggs stands on Gala and Salvador Dalí Square (Plaça Gala i Salvador Dalí). This is the world’s largest surreal exhibit.
The history of the creation of the museum
The idea of creating the Theater-Museum belonged to Dali himself. At 19In 61, the Mayor of Figueres asked the artist to donate one of his works to the city. Dali decided to donate a whole museum of surrealism.
Monument to Jean-Louis-Ernest MeissonierSculpture “In Memory of Newton”
Dali always lived playing, as if on stage, so he decided to place the exposition of his creations within the walls of the city theater. “Where else, if not in my city, should the most extravagant and fundamental of my works be preserved and live for centuries? What was left of the Municipal Theater seemed to me very suitable for three reasons: firstly, because I am, first of all, a theater artist; secondly, because the theater is opposite the church in which I was baptized; thirdly, it was in this theater, in its foyer, that I exhibited my paintings for the first time.
The building chosen by the artist was built in 1850. After a fire in 1939, the theater was in ruins. Only the remains of the outer walls, part of the foundation, some fragments of the seats and the stage have been preserved. Construction work began in 1970. A spherical dome was erected over the former stage. The hall was cleared, divided into sectors – for different artistic genres. The foyer was painted by Dali himself. In September 1974, the grand opening of the Theater-Museum took place.
The façade walls were decorated with buns, giant eggs and sculptures were placed on the roof. The museum’s glass domeInner courtyard
The Dali Theater-Museum united 2 museum complexes. The first is located in the building of the former theater and was created by Dali himself (halls 1-18). This is a unique artistic ensemble, where each element is an inseparable part of the whole. The second complex represents a series of halls created in the course of various works on the expansion of the Theater-Museum (halls 19-22) due to the addition of a neighboring house, the Galatea tower and part of the medieval walls of the city.
The theater building looks three stories from the outside, but inside it is divided into five levels. The transparent “geodesic” dome above the stage was built by the architect Emilio Perez Pinheiro. The silhouette of the museum building, crowned with a ball, has now become the emblem of world pop art and the symbol of the city. The walls of the front facade of the museum were decorated with even rows of golden buns – bread was one of the favorite topics in Dali’s works. On the roof of the Galatea tower and along the eaves are giant eggs – another fetish of El Salvador.
Ceiling panel “Palace of the Wind”. Dali and Gala ascend like saints into the Ampurdan skyDali’s version of Trajan’s ColumnVenus de Milo with drawersRetrospective bust of a woman against the backdrop of pheasant carcassesPaintings by Antonio PichotEntrance to the exposition from the stairs and puppet-installation in the span InstallationHall of MasterpiecesPictureInstallationInstallationSofaHall with paintingsPictureExpositionPicturePicturePicture-Museum Exhibit gives an idea of the creative path of the museumExhibit
They gave from the first experiments in the style of impressionism, futurism and cubism to the consolidation of an individual surrealistic style of writing and works of the last years of his life. The main part of the collection consists of paintings, drawings, sculptures, three-dimensional collages and installations of the master. The museum is divided into several thematic zones: the former theater with the main part of the exposition, the Gala tower and an extension with the late works of the master. A separate entrance leads to the Dali jewelry exhibition.
The beating “Royal Heart”Space ElephantBird with a portrait on his headDragonMirror
As conceived by the artist, the exposition of surrealist genres was to be a mystical labyrinth, where each spectator would make an exciting journey along his own route. Already on the square in front of the museum you can see the first exhibits. Opposite the main facade there is a composition dedicated to the philosopher Francesc Pujols. In the corner of Gala and Salvador Dali Square stands the work of Wolf Vostel – “Television Obelisk”. Many figures, installations and mannequins adorn the top, cornices, balconies of the building. On the steps of the museum, guests are greeted by a statue of Newton (if you can recognize the great scientist in this curved silhouette with a hole in his head). A little higher you can see a monumental sculpture by the artist Meissonier. The revered French painter Dali sat on a pedestal made of tractor tires. Unlike Newton, Meissonier looks quite recognizable, as in a self-portrait.
Antique doors with metal iron handles open the lobby to visitors. At the entrance there is a ticket office, on the right there is a staircase to the upper floors. In the niche of the wall there is a statue of Ganymede in a headdress embroidered with pearls. Through the huge windows you can see the courtyard.
Monumental installation “Rainy Taxi”Purple womanGala’s overturned boatStatues in niches
The patio of the museum is a genuine open-air theater. Many of the works presented here serve as elements of a single illusory scenery. The center of the composition of the courtyard is the “Queen Esther” – a statue by Trista Fuchs, mounted on the hood of a Cadillac. This is the famous installation “Rainy Taxi”. A row of charred beams is visible on the walls of the building – the memory of the great fire. In the niche windows among the ivy there are figures of female deities. This anthem of surrealism is crowned with Gala’s overturned boat under a black umbrella.
Room-installation “Portrait of Mae West in the interior” The famous sofa “Lips” Nose – fireplace, eyes – paintings stage covered with a dome. It is dominated by a huge backdrop – the scenery for the ballet “Labyrinth”. Large-scale paintings by Dali are placed on the walls of the theater hall. This is followed by a series of rooms with installations and paintings, among them the Hall of Treasures, the room-face of Mae West, the Palace of the Wind. The exposition of the Galatea Tower presents Dali’s late works, mainly designed for a special optical perception. In this tower the master spent the last days of his life.
Interior of the main hall Nude Gala transforming into Abraham Lincoln Set design for the ballet “Labyrinth” based on the myth of Theseus and Ariadne Installation on stage
In addition to the works of Dali himself, other artists are represented in the museum – Anthony Pichot, Evariste Valles, El Greco, Fortuny, Urgell, Meissonier , Marcel Duchamp, William Bouguereau.
Tombstone of the grave of Salvador Dali in the center of the hallCrypt of Salvador Dali
Dali bequeathed to be buried in the crypt under the dome – here, in the museum. And so it happened. His embalmed body rests in a crypt, the upper part of which is crowned with a slab of white marble set into the floor. The gravestone is visited daily by many visitors. Dali bequeathed all his fortune and creative heritage to Spain.
Mon-Sun from 1 June to 30 September;
Tue-Sun from 1 October to 31 May.
October 1 – June 30: 10:30 – 18:00;
July 1 – September 30: 09:00 – 20:00.
Full ticket costs €17;
preferential (students and pensioners) – €11.
How to get there?
Avant (AV) (carrier Renfe) runs from Barcelona-Sants railway station (cat. Estació de Barcelona-Sants) to Figueres train station (cat. Estació de Figueres-Vilafant). Travel time 55 min.