We visited the Dali Museum in St Petersburg in June. It only took 1 hour 20 minutes to get there from the 192 in Orlando.
It is situated by the Marina in St Petersburg and there is a large fee car park. The exhibitions change all the time but for children, on the first Saturday of every month between 9.00 and 11am you can go for breakfast. Children between 5 and 12 years can have an interactive tour. Every Friday between 5.00 and 8.00 pm there is a S’real Friday when you can sit and listen to jazz, look at the art and eat or take a tour of the Museum’s new exhibition.
During the day, it is worth joining one of the free tours that starts every hour and depending on the speaker, can be fascinating and I think you get more out of the paintings by learning about the symbolism of the various things Dali included in his paintings.
The museum houses the largest collection of Dali’s works in USA and was started 25 years ago by Reynolds and Morse who fell in love with his work and became friends and started to buy paintings. When they bought their first painting from him, he insisted they buy the frame he had made for it – they agreed – and it cost them more than the painting – not quite the case now!!
It is definitely worth a trip and a good place to eat afterwards is Sandry’s Seafood House on West Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa – tel 813 – 289 – 7773.
This post was submitted by Jan Krir – Tuscan Hills