Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Salvador Dali Museum moves to its new home in St Pete, Florida

I was so excited to be in St Petersburg when it all happened. This morning (1.11.11), the public was invited to the grand opening festivities at the Dali museum. A surreal procession departed from the old Dali location to its new home 8 blocks north, and Her Royal Highness, The Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca, the youngest daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía of Spain had the honors to cut the ribbon to officially open the new Dali museum in downtown St Petersburg.

The sleek building with a geodesic dome is designed by Yann Weymouth who was the chief design architect for I.M. Pei's glass pyramid addition to the Louvre museum in Paris. Twice the size of the old museum, it houses the largest collection of Dali's work outside of Spain.
The New Dali museum in St Pete, Florida
Salvador Dali look-alike
Try your creativity here
The museum faces the waterfront and is next to Mahaffey Theatre
Visitors outside the Dali museum

Read more about the grand opening here.

So, if you find yourself in in downtown St Petersburg , pay a visit to the Dali museum!

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  1. Great! Now I got it on my list to visit on Christmas. Wish we were there with you guys instead of being stranded in San Juan watching our cruise liner Carnival Glory sailing away with our clothes, shoes, belongings, medications etc...

  2. Not only is the weather nice here, there is culture! Last year, the Chihuly Collection opened to great fanfare. The museum of Fine Arts added an extra wing. The icon Pier might be dismantled. Lots of changes in downtown St Pete. Did you know there is a Holocaust Museum here too?

  3. Last Saturday, we went to the Farmers Market with our friends. While we were looking for a parking space, we spotted the New Dali Museum. It was magnificent. We had to stop to take a few pictures. The City of St Pete in Florida is looking better every time we visited it...