This museum houses the most comprehensive collection of his work anywhere. Located on the harbor and amongst palm trees, this three story building is a work of art itself. And the gardens behind are small but very Dali-esque.
Admission to the museum is usually $25, but on Thursday evenings the price is lowered to $10. When my friend and I arrived for the low cost night, the line was out the door. (I guess everyone loves a good bargain!) The price of admission includes a docent led tour, which that night was at 5:30, and an audiotape tour. It's been a long time since I've been at such a crowded museum, but it was good to see so many families visiting and listening to the audiotaped tour.
The museum consists of a gift shop (with some really out of the ordinary items included crooked wine glasses and pj's with his signature melting clock on them) and a cafe serving meditteranean fare named after his wife, Cafe Gala, on the first floor. A spiral staircase leads you to the third floor where the main museum is, a space for special exhibits and a viewpoint to the gardens and the bay. The museum's collection spans the years from 1917 when he first went to art school until 1976 and includes all the styles of art that he painted. Our visit included a special photography collection of he and his wife in their daily life by their friend, photographer Robert Deschanes, which I found fascinating. (This runs this autumn)
The gardens hold picnic tables, a large replica of the famous Dali moustache, a bench with his melting clock and a tree that you can tie your paper wristband to - creating colorful tree art.
This was my third attempt to visit this museum - and it just never worked out. Until now. And I'm really happy I was able to go. Now I just need to get to Cadaques.
This post is part of a link-up with: Weekend Wanderlust at A Brit and A Southerner, Travel Photo Thursday at Travel Notes and Beyond, Weekend Travel Inspiration at Reflections Enroute and Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox!