Experience this amazing technological VIRTUAL MUSEUM tour even if you think you don't like Dali. Do it for the technology! Astounding!
In this day and age, with Covid-19 keeping us away from people, places and things, museums have got to be totally empty. I wouldn’t know for sure since I won’t go inside any building. If you feel the same way, I have a very exciting VIRTUAL MUSEUM to share with you. Read on.
I must say, I never really was into Salvador Dali. I had no understanding or respect for his art. When my college friend visited from Colorado, she wanted to go; so, of course, we did. We signed up for the docent tour, since we knew nothing. IT WAS THE BEST EXPERIENCE EVER!!! Dali’s paintings are so complicated and filled with so many facets, you need someone to point out all the nuances to you. I never knew! Honestly, give it a chance.
Salvador Dalí was born on 11 May 1904 in the town of Figueres, Spain. Dalí’s older brother, who had also been named Salvador, had died of gastroenteritis nine months earlier. Dalí was haunted by the idea of his dead brother throughout his life, mythologizing him in his writings and art. Dalí said of him, “[we] resembled each other like two drops of water, but we had different reflections.” Images of his brother would reappear in his later works. Here represented is Portrait of My Dead Brother, 1963.
In 1922, he began what would become a lifelong relationship with the Prado Museum, which he felt was, ‘incontestably the best museum of old paintings in the world.’ Each Sunday morning, Dalí went to the Prado Museum to study the works of the great masters.”This was the start of a monk-like period for me, devoted entirely to solitary work: visits to the Prado, where, pencil in hand, I analyzed all of the great masterpieces, studio work, models, research.”
He experimented in Cubism which earned him the most respect from fellow students. Cubism is a style of art which aims to show all of the possible viewpoints of a person or an object all at once. It is called Cubism because the items represented in the artworks look like they are made out of cubes and other geometrical shapes. Cubism was first started by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Here represented is Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean. Its two paintings in one. Can you see them both?
A few years later, he became increasingly influenced by Surrealism which is “the principles, ideals, or practice of producing fantastic or incongruous imagery or effects in art, literature, film, or theater by means of unnatural or irrational juxtapositions and combinations.” (anyone get that?) Here represented are the Hallucinogenic Toreador (Do you see Venus de Milo? Do you see the Matador?) and the Discovery of America.
How to do the Virtual Tours & The Museum App
Download The Dalí Museum App to your phone or tablet.
- Android: go to Play Store. Search for The Dali.
- Apple: go to the App Store. Search for The Dali. Click on The Dali Museum.
Click on virtual tour. This is most exciting if you can sit in a chair that spins. Or you can stand and spin in a circle. THIS IS AMAZING. After you’ve explored the museum on the tour, now you’re ready for the next part!
Click on Augmented Reality for an incredible “lecture” on each piece of art. Point your phone at one of four paintings in the article. You can click on them and be mind blown. You will hear and see the docent’s explanation of all the symbols in each piece of art. Enjoy. My favorite is the Hallucinogenic Toreador! Which one is your favorite? (I only included four of the pictures available in the Augmented Reality section of the app. If you’re enjoying this experience, it you can simply look up the additional paintings on another device. It will work.)
The app also contains info on
FAMILIES AND CHILDREN WILL LOVE the museum’s virtual education programs, such as DillyDally with Dalí, to inspire kids to be creative through arts and crafts activities. A full lists of events and programs is available at thedali.org/events. They have a scavenger hunt for children which takes them thru Dali’s art. Its challenging and fun for the adults too. My 10 year old and 7 year old grandchildren really enjoyed it.
When You Visit
Tickets. To ensure a safe environment for visitors and staff, the museum requires that guests purchase timed tickets online in advance of their visit. Special hours for seniors are offered each Wednesday and Thursday. Guests of any age can enjoy reduced admission price tickets on Thursday and Friday evenings after 5 p.m.
Cafe Gala. The museum’s cafe offers Spanish-themed light fare, with indoor and outdoor seating options, as well as to-go items. I got an appetizer platter to share with my family and every loved it. After your visit, stop in at the Cafe for a coffee and a Crema Catalana.
The Museum Store. Be sure to save time for a visit to the museum’s store, which offers very unique gift items such as Dalí-themed apparel, artwork, tableware, watches and jewelry.
What to expect if you visit the Museum during the time of Covid:
Masks are required for entry by all visitors (with the exception of children under the age of three). Dalí-inspired reusable masks are available for purchase for $8.
Upon arrival, all guests will be temperature-checked via thermal cameras (you likely will not notice this). Temperatures above 100.4 degrees are not permitted entry.
Pre-purchased tickets will be scanned at Admissions, touch-free.
Visitors may enter the galleries at their indicated pre-purchased ticket time and will follow a dedicated, one-way flow through the Museum.
Physical distancing reminders and indicators will be present throughout the Museum.
While public docent tours will not be available, Museum staff & volunteers will be available in the galleries to answer questions; private docent tours are available for groups of 10 or less. We also strongly encourage visitors to bring headphones and download the free Dalí Museum App as our audio tour loaner devices will not be available. You can use Augmented Reality in the museum on his actual works.
The Stavros Education Center and Dreams of Dalí virtual reality experience will be closed.
Visitors can bring their own water or purchase bottled water at the Museum Store. Water fountains will not be available. Food/beverage not permitted in galleries.
Wheelchairs are available and will be cleaned between each use. Strollers will not be available for loan.
Café Gala will be open with a limited menu, distanced indoor and outdoor seating, plus to-go options including family style meals and build-your-own charcuterie (full health & safety plan available here).
The Dalí Museum is home to an unparalleled collection of Salvador Dalí artwork, and features special exhibitions, programming and events to inspire & educate the local community and the world, onsite and online.”
1 Dali Blvd,
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Toll Free: 800-442-3254
The Dalí is open daily (Sun-Wed 10am-6pm, Thu-Sat 10am-9pm). Hours subject to change.