Day trip: Dali Museum
Around day five of every family vacation, I find myself seeking an activity that doesn’t involve ice cream, live animals or sand. Downtown St. Petersburg is a 20-minute drive from the Belle Vista and is full of museums, galleries, shops and more. On our most recent trip, we visited the Dali Museum.
The Dali Museum houses the most extensive collection of Salvador Dalí’s works outside of Europe. The museum’s collection includes close to 100 oil paintings, 100 watercolours and drawings, graphics, photographs, sculptures and more. Dali fans will recognize The Hallucinogenic Toreador and The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, to name a couple.
The kids were a little apprehensive about visiting a museum that didn’t have hands-on crafts, so you can imagine my relief when we arrived and discovered a kids area just inside the museum. The small kid’s room had a couple of museum staff directing a simple craft, and there were lots of supplies for the kid’s to let their creative imaginations go wild. While one of my sons made a Dali mustache out of a pipe cleaner, my other was attempting to re-create an apple painting on the wall. My young daughter simply took over a corner of the craft table and starting drawing with sharpies on scrap paper.
I found myself transfixed by the Portrait of my Dead Brother oil painting which changed entirely depending on how close you stood. The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory oil painting was also one of my favourites.
The kids enjoyed a special exhibit that was on for Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte. There was an interactive area where they could stand in front of a green screen showing the famous Son of a Man painting and take a photo to immerse themselves in the art.
Some things to keep in mind:
- There is a beautiful gift shop, although quite expensive, so set aside some money for that.
- Don’t forget to visit the outdoor gardens. There are some lovely Dali inspired benches and sculptures.
- There is a small cafe/restaurant which looked delicious, but it was quite crowded.
- You cannot bring any bags into the museum. There are lockers located outside, free of charge, that you can store your belongings.
Check out the website for prices, hours and more information: https://thedali.org/.