Culture Watch: Florida's New Dali Museum

Dali-philes will flock to St. Pete/Clearwater to celebrate the opening of the new Salvador Dali Museum, which, we hear, has already been dubbed one of AOL Travel's "Buildings You Have to See Before You Die."

The 66,450-square-foot building was designed by Yann Weymouth (of the Louvre renovation fame), and is the epitome of Dali. It reminds us of The Persistence of Memory painting, one of the artist's most renowned pieces.

A ribbon cutting ceremony took place yesterday, January 11, led by the youngest daughter of the King and Queen of Spain, S.A.R. la Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca.

The new museum contains 50 percent more gallery space than the original Dali museum. Its permanent collection includes 96 oil paintings, 125 drawings and watercolors, 2,500 prints and photographs, 250 objets d'art, and a 5,000-book library.

Admission is $21 for adults, $19 for seniors, $15 for students and children 13-17, $7 for children 6-12 and free under 5.

For more information visit www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/content/countdown-dali.
 

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