Thinking outside the box, by design — the Dali Museum, St.Petersburg
A marvel of engineering, over 1,000 glass triangles form the bubbling "Enigma"
Standing beneath the Foyer's awe-inspiring Helical Staircase
Broad daylight, surreal views, and a unique perspective from every floor
An unmatchable setting for a meeting or social occasion by day or night
Host a reception in the Foyer and see where everyone winds up
The Dali Museum
Style: Business Meetings, Social Gatherings
An unusual contemporary museum building where the architecture pays homage to the iconic Spanish painter and the subjects that inspired him.
There are many museums that honor the Spanish, surrealistic painter Salvatore Dali (1904 – 1989). The latest monument to the artist, the Dali Museum, opened in 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. For the Dali fan this museum has it all. The museum’s collection, considered the largest outside of Spain, includes over 96 of Dali’s paintings and hundreds of his drawings, personal objects, photos, and an extensive archive of documents in the library. The museum also boasts having the largest collection of Dali merchandise in the world!
The museum, designed by architects HOK, pays homage to Dali by taking what inspired him and transforming it into a 3-dimensional architectural expression. The design uniquely integrates the shapes and themes that moved Dali and defined him as a true avante garde artist.
The building’s unusual combination of conventional and uncommon geometric shapes would have been difficult to construct during Dali’s lifetime. The exterior of the museum is dominated by the overflowing, geodesic glass “bubble,” entitled the “Enigma”. The Enigma is comprised of over 1,000 individually-connected pieces of triangular-shaped glass. During the day the Enigma reflects the blue skies of South Florida and in the evening shows off the museum’s interior public spaces. The museum’s focal point is the foyer’s soaring helical staircase symbolizing Dali’s obsession with spirals and microscopic chemistry. The smooth, concrete stairway offers a unique visual experience whether you are ascending or descending.
The Museum can accommodate private after-hour receptions for both social and business purposes. Available locations include the Foyer; Bar Vista; Raymond James Community Room, Theater, and the East Gardens.
Images courtesy of the Dali Museum
The Dali Museum
1 Dali Boulevard
St. Petersburg, FL 33701