Florida: Surreal Dali Museum

Dali Museum's Unique Glass

Dali Museum’s Unique Glass

Glass Side View with Reflection

Glass Side View with Reflection

Enigma Glass Bubble

Enigma Glass Bubble

Glass Atrium

Glass Atrium

Atrium Spiral

Atrium Spiral

Tampa Bay Waterfront View

Tampa Bay Waterfront View

Painting on Display

Painting on Display

The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, has been called one of the most beautiful museums in the world! The building opened in 2011 and was designed by architect Yann Weymouth. This hurricane-proof fortress features 18-inch thick walls, a 12-inch thick concrete roof, and impact-resistant glass. Dali’s priceless art is protected behind storm doors and a vault on the upper floors.

The most striking feature of the building is the glass. It forms two free-style bubbles named Enigma and Igloo that project out from the side of the building. The bubbles are composed of 1,062 unique triangular pieces of glass. Visitors look out of Enigma’s glass bubble as they climb a helical staircase to the art galleries on the third floor.

Salvador Dali had a fascination with spirals and the double-helix structure of DNA. He described himself as a fish swimming between “the cold water of art and the warm water of science”. The unusual shape of the museum perfectly complements his surrealistic art. This collection is the largest one in the world outside of Dali’s hometown museum in Spain. More info is at: http://thedali.org/

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

14 Responses to Florida: Surreal Dali Museum

  1. elisaruland says:

    Great tour! I can’t wait to visit someday…Dali’s work is fascinating.

  2. What an impressive building! I didn’t know that there was a Dali Museum in California. Best wishes, Ångel

  3. FeyGirl says:

    Shockingly I’ve never visited…. I’m truly appalled at myself! I need to make a tour of the other coast, and SOON. 🙂

    • Pam says:

      You will love it! And drop just a little bit south to visit the South Florida Museum, then Marie Selby, Venice Beach, Sanibel, and on and on! 🙂

  4. Kongo says:

    I drove by the Dali Museum in December but didn’t have time to stop! I actually have a few Dali’s and sorely wanted to visit. Perhaps next time. Great photos, Pam.

    • Pam says:

      You have a few Dali’s – how exciting! You would want to visit the museum when you have time for a tour. The docents do an amazing job explaining the paintings. There are incredible levels of detail that you might not notice otherwise. Now you have a good reason to come back to Florida!

  5. We lived in St. Pete for 6 months, but this was before the new Museum. Next time in FL, we’ll have to drop by. However, after living at the beach in FL for 5 years, I wonder about the building being “hurricane proof.” I hope so. ~James

    • Pam says:

      You are right! The building itself is engineered to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, and the impact-resistant glass a Category 3. The art is behind additional storm doors on the top floors, which is above a 30 foot storm surge. I surely hope that is sufficient! We went through three hurricanes in 2004, and it was a mess. You can still see trees tilted from the wind if you drive on Highway 192 from Kissimmee east to the Atlantic beaches.

  6. mrsbearfoot says:

    Would definitely love to take that tour. Your images are beautiful; I love all those reflections in the glass.

    • Pam says:

      I’m so glad you noticed the reflections! I imagine it would be really spectacular during a colorful sunset. It’s such a pretty waterfront location. Hope you can visit sometime!

  7. Is it forbidden to take photographs of paintings?
    By the way, the link in you post doesn’t work.

    • Pam says:

      Yes, it is forbidden to take photographs of the paintings. No cameras are allowed in the galleries, and docents keep a close eye on visitors. There are many paintings there similar to ones in the museum in Spain. And a big thank you for telling me the link did not work – it is fixed, and I always appreciate the chance to keep all posts updated.

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