Dalí Theatre and Museum, Figueres, Catalonia, Spain

The Dalí Theatre and Museum , is a museum of the artist Salvador Dalí in his home town of Figueres, in Catalonia.

The heart of the museum was the building that housed the town’s theatre when Dalí was a child, and where one of the first public exhibitions of young Dalí’s art was shown. The old theater was bombed in the Spanish Civil War and remained in a state of ruin for decades until Dalí and the mayor of Figueres decided to rebuild it as a museum dedicated to the town’s most famous son in 1960. The museum also occupies buildings and courtyards adjacent to the old theater building.

The museum opened on September 28, 1974, with continuing expansions through the mid-1980s. It houses the single largest and most diverse collection of works by Salvador Dalí, the heart of which was from the artist’s own collection. In addition to Dalí paintings from all decades of his career, there are Dalí sculptures, 3-dimensional collages, mechanical devices, a living-room with custom furniture that looks like the face of Mae West when viewed from a certain spot, and other curiosities from Dalí’s imagination.

The museum also houses a small selection of works by other artists collected by Dalí, ranging from El Greco to Marcel Duchamp, and a gallery devoted to the work of Dalí’s friend and fellow Catalan artist Antoni Pitxot, who became director of the museum after Dalí’s death. Dalí is buried in a crypt in the Teatre-Museu basement

Figueres, capital of the county of the Alt Empordà, to the north of Barcelona, is known around the world as Salvador Dalí’s birthplace, and the site of the former municipal theatre, converted by the eccentric artist into his Theatre-Museum. The area known as the Daliesque Triangle comprises the Theatre-Museum in Figueres, the Salvador Dalí House and Museum in Port Lligat, on the Costa Brava, and Púbol Castle in the village of La Pera.

Teatre-Museu Dalí
Pl. Gala i Salvador Dalí, 5 (17600 Figueres)
972 677 500
November-February: 10.30am-6 pm (last admissions 5.15pm)
March-June and October: 9.30am-6pm (last admissions 5.15pm)
July-September: 9am-8pm (last admissions 7.15pm)
Closed: Mon (October-May), 1st January and 25th December

Casa-Museu Salvador Dalí
Cala Port Lligat (17488 Cadaqués)
972 251 015
A key part of Salvador Dalí’s life and work, the house and museum in Port Lligat, is formed by a group of fishermen’s huts purchased over different periods, which the artist continued to remodel and decorate for more than 40 years (from 1930 to the 70s). It became a meeting place for famous people from all over the world. The house is small in size and has a special layout so tours must be booked in advance.
15th June-15th September: daily, 9.30am-9pm (last admissions 8.10pm).
16th September-6th January / 12th February-14th June: Tue-Sun: 10.30am-6pm (last admissions 5.10pm).
Closed: 7th January-11th February, 1st January and 25th December.

Casa-Museu Castell Gala Dalí
Pl. Gala Dalí. Púbol (17120 La Pera, Girona)
972 488 655
The former medieval residence of the barons of Púbol, where Salvador Dalí created a suitable place for his muse to rest and escape from the public eye.
15th March-14th June / 16th September-1st November: Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm (last admissions 5.15pm).
3rd November-31st December: Tue-Sun: 10am-5pm (last admissions 4.15pm).
15th June-15th September: daily, 10am-8pm (7.15pm last admissions).
Closed: Mon except public holidays (except during the summer), 1st January and 25th December

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