Salvador Dali, the kooky painter with the kooky moustache, best known for his starring role in your high school humanities class, has his own museum in the hilltop Paris neighborhood of Montmartre. The Dali Museum Paris has some eye-popping sculptures and interesting works from one of the most interesting artists of recent times.
Dali Museum Paris: Exhibits and Things to See
Officially called “Dali Paris” – a change from its former official name of Espace Dali – the Salvador Dali Museum is a cozy facility that packs a decent-sized collection into its space.
The range of Dali works on display is impressive. You’ll find Salvador Dali sketches, paintings, surrealist furniture, and a huge collection of sculptures. Many sculptures are in bronze, while others are in glass, and others are constructed from various other materials.
A bunch of the sculptures are related to famous Dali paintings. Like his famous melting clocks.
Other Dali exhibits include “Surrealist Eyes,” which is exactly what it sounds like:
Here’s a sculpture called Adam and Eve. It was conceived in 1968 but not created until 1984. Dali created art about the Adam and Eve scene numerous times in his life.
Here’s a chess set made from castings of Dali’s fingers. Creepy!
Dali sketches and watercolor works are spread throughout the gallery in groups of six. He has a group of six Alice in Wonderland pieces, another group of six Romeo & Juliet pieces, and these six Don Quixote-inspired pieces:
Here’s a sculpture from the artist called Space Elephant.
The museum was renovated in early 2018, and it now feels like a clean, modern space that still has a bunch of exhibits tucked into every corner. There’s even a room full of furniture that is way cooler than your living room or mine.
Salvador Dali Museum Hours, Ticket Prices
You can get discounted admission to the Dali Museum in Paris if you buy the famous Paris Pass. That pass gives you admission into several prominent sites, such as the Louvre and Arc de Triomphe.
As of this writing, basic tickets for the Dali Museum cost 12 Euros per person. So it’s a pretty good deal. Children under 8 are free. There’s an audio guide available for an additional 3 Euros. They accept cash and credit cards (not American Express).
Art curator Beniamino Levi, an acquaintance of Dali, founded this museum many years ago. The Salvador Dali Museum hours are 10 am to 6:30 pm, with the last entrance allowed at 6 pm. The facility is open on holidays.
There’s no real gift shop at the Dali Museum. Instead, there’s a gallery room where you can purchase Dali art for sale. Non-flash photography is allowed throughout the museum.
While you’re in the vibrant and fascinating Montmartre area, consider taking a walking tour with our partners at Get Your Guide. You’ll see a busy arts community, and attractions like the Sacre Couer Basilica.
Getting to the Dali Museum in the Montmartre Neighborhood
Montmartre, little village up on a hill with cobblestone streets. This area overlooks the entire city of Paris.
You’ll want to arrive here by Uber or public transport. I took the train to Montmartre and walked up the hill – there are some steep staircases, so be prepared. There is a funicular elevator that will take you up the hillside if you don’t want to walk. See the box below for a link to the Google map to plot your own directions.
Note that there’s also a Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, for some reason. That is a completely different facility. There are also large Dali collections at museums in Spain and Germany. This guy’s work is everywhere!
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