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article imageNew Dali Museum opens in Florida

By Bryen Dunn     Jan 11, 2011 in Travel
Clearwater - The opening of the new Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg/Clearwater begins with a surreal procession of dignitaries and entertainment, starting at the former location and ending at the new one at 11 am with the official ribbon cutting.
The 66,450-square-foot facility, which sits on St. Pete’s palm-dappled downtown bay front, was designed by world-renowned architect Yann Weymouth, who previously assisted with the renovation of the Louvre in Paris. The Dalí Museum is the permanent home of the most comprehensive collection of the surreal artist’s works in the world dedicated solely to Dalí.
Much like Dalí’s work, the building itself is visually iconic, with a geodesic glass structure enclosing the foyer, a grand “double-helix” staircase in the building’s centreand an outlook to the east with magnificent views of yachts moored in Florida’s largest municipal marina.
The new Dalí is more than twice the size of the former museum and contains 50 percent more gallery space, which will be used to display both temporary exhibitions and its permanent collection of 96 oil paintings (including 8 masterworks), 125 drawings and watercolors, 2,500 prints and photographs, 250 objets d’art, and a 5,000 book library. There are also special family and kids activities, film screenings, curator talks, and yoga classes.
The museum’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday; and Noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $21 for adults, $19 for seniors, $15 for students 18+ with identification and children ages 13-17, $7 for children 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under.
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