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Another beautiful morning in Barcelona. It was late November but still sunny (around 17 degrees Celsius), just perfect for going inside Dali Museum Figueres. And what a lovely day trip that was going to be!

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When I was thinking about traveling to Barcelona, I always reminded myself that I would have to take an extra day to escape the city and go inside Dali Museum Figueres. And now I was there. So, I asked around. It was possible to go by train and would take a couple of hours. I got up early determined to dedicate the whole day to browsing around Dali Museum. And so, I took off to – Figueres, Spain.

Why Figueres? Because the only theatre museum I know of is located there, and whose legacy it is? Salvador Dali’s, of course! Who else would have such an insane but brilliant idea to turn the walls of once burnt Municipal Theater into his museum?

And he has created a masterpiece!

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Things to see in Figueres

Dali was born in Figueres and died here. He wanted to rebuild the structure overlooking the church he was baptized in. Dali even lived here next to the old theater until the end of his life. These walls were also the ones that hosted his first exhibition.

So, it’s like every brick and stone here just screams “Dali”. He was asked a couple of times to donate one of his pieces to his hometown, but he always replied that he would do more than that. He left all of his work inside Dali Museum Figueres.

Things to see in Figueres

And so, I took a train, feeling so excited, glanced outside the window and then back to pages of my book about Dali. I rushed out at the station and found this small town charming. Here are things to see in Figueres.

Salvador Dali Figueres

An interesting sculpture at the small square

There was a street sculpture at the small square reminding visitors that they had come to Dali’s town. I walked up the street, passing by colorful small buildings, and took a couple of photos. After all, I have enough time, I will be spending the whole day here.

I walked by a few cafes. It was a quiet little town with seldom people on the streets, besides the tourists. Curious wanderers with books about Salvador Dali looking around, trying to locate the famous museum was not an unusual thing to see here. A couple of locals just smiled, pointing up. They knew.

Museum in Figueres

One more corner and there was the courtyard. It says Dali Theatre Museum above the entrance, with strange sculptures with their arms lifted.

Inside Dali Museum Figueres

Queen Esther under Gala’s Boat

The Torre Galatea was built next to it, with huge sculptures of eggs displayed among thin statues. In the center is the famous cupola, where his crypt is. Dali wanted a space that would be mysterious for visitors, full of enigma. And he succeeded in doing so – from the outdoor terraces to the last step!

There is a central courtyard, a garden in the open dominated by the vertical installation with the imposing Cadillac, the sculpture of Queen Esther, Trajan’s Column made of tires, Gala’s Boat… Dali said it was the biggest surrealist monument in the world.

Inside Dali Museum Figueres

The famous Mae West Room

Step inside from here, and you will find yourself in a huge space with a window looking at the previous courtyard on one side, while the other side’s wall is covered in an enormous piece, Michelangelo’s Head, the backdrop Dali has designed for a ballet in New York in 1941.

Inside Dali Museum Figueres

So many details! From this space, you can go to other rooms, all specially designed, full of symbolism and various artwork. Among them, there was a Mae West Room and the Palace of the Wind. Salvador Dali’s paintings can be admired here such as Galarina, Portrait of Pablo Picasso, Soft Self Portrait With Grilled Bacon, Poetry of America, and Galatea of The Spheres.

 

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One of the most popular areas inside Dali Museum Figueres is the Mae West Room where one can take in the three-dimensional application, the creation of a room from a two-dimensional image, the wash of newspaper of “Face of Mae West which may be used as an apartment”.

Theater Museum Figueres

INSIDE DALI MUSEUM FIGUERES: Palace of the Wind ceiling

This is a typical Dali scenery that cannot be described and just has to be seen in person – from the top of the stairway and through a reducing lens. It sounds silly even if trying to describe the experience.

According to the guidebook I bought at the museum, Dali said that he wanted to make this space “like a single block, a labyrinth, a great surrealist object“.

 

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“The people who come to see it will leave with the sensation of having had a theatrical dream”, he stated.

And he did nothing less! You are in such awe of Salvador Dali’s artwork and the surroundings, but at the same time – you feel lost, without being able to reason with anything around you. Which was the point, right?

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  • 19/03/2017

    I really like Salvador Dali and I visited an exhibition in Brussels last year… It must be so cool to visit its actual city 🙂 Figueres looks like a very cute city!

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  • 20/03/2017

    Thanks for sharing! I have been to Barcelona so many times but I have never ventured into Figueres. I am putting on my “to-see-places” for next time I´m around.

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  • 21/03/2017

    You given us another wonderful reason to love Barcelona. Dali’s art is simply irresistible. It has such universal appeal. He really knew how to touch something deep in the hearts of people.

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  • Sherri Smith

    21/03/2017

    Love Dali’s work. I’m planning a trip with my sister and granddaughter to Barcelona in June and we are going to make a day trip to Figueres. Our dad was in the Air Force and mom always went with him. My sister was born in Barcelona and I was born in Figueres so we always said one day we were going to see where we were born and that time has come. I can’t wait to see the museum!! I also have the address of the hospital where I was born. I think there is a new building there now but I still have to visit that area too.

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      • Sherri Smith

        04/10/2017

        We took our trip in June and it was wonderful! Like I said before, I was born in Figueres and as soon as we arrived I felt like I was home. We walked around town and found a farmers market. We couldn’t believe how big and colorful everything was, we bought some fruit. We made our way to the museum but didn’t get to go in, we didn’t realize our tickets were for late in the evening and we had to get back to Barcelona as we were leaving for home the next day, disappointing but we enjoyed the town. Also got to watch something being filmed, a movie or commercial. Got a picture of the hospital sign where I was born. I didn’t go there because the old hospital was no longer there, a new one was in it’s place. I do plan on going back soon.

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          • Sherri Smith

            05/10/2017

            My sister isn’t as sentimental about things as I am. We went to London first, then Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Figueres and back home. We had an adventure for sure. Our first night in London there was a terrorist attack then our first night in Paris another attack. We said they might want to wrap the Pope in bubble wrap before we get to Rome…lol but there were no other attacks while we were there. We had no idea about the attacks until our phones started going off, we were in bed asleep. We weren’t going to let the attacks spoil our trip. My favorite was Spain and hers was Rome. Our dad was also stationed in Barcelona and he and mom had pictures from there. One was of the Magic Fountain. It was within walking distance of our hotel. we walked there one evening to watch the fountain show. Standing in the same areas as our parents was very emotional for me, I had to fight back tears. The fountain show was a sight to behold, it was beautiful. We also walked by the old bullfighting ring that was turned into a shopping area. Took the cable car to Montjuic Castle. The views from the cable car and castle are awesome. I could go on and on about Spain….Loved it!!

  • 21/03/2017

    Figures looks like a very typical spanish city with the design of the buildings. I only learned a little bit about Dali while in college. I didn’t realize he had produced that much. It would be very interesting to see his museum.

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  • Chiara

    22/03/2017

    Salvador Dali is one of my favorite painters, I remember Barcelona to be amazing 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

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  • 28/03/2017

    His work is sheer story telling! So impressive. Never been to Barcelona, but the art and history buff in me now is tempted to go! 🙂

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