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    Dali Museum

    by solopes Updated Feb 20, 2014
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    From the ruins of a theater bombed in Civil War, Dali built a museum to host his final works.

    The building is rather common, only its finishing and a few details revealing the eccentricity of the author.

    Remarkable the main courtyard, and the respect shown to the old facade of the theater.

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    Theatre museu Gala Salvador Dali

    by mindcrime Updated Dec 26, 2012

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    Theatre museu Gala Salvador Dali is obviously a museum dedicated to Salvador Dali (1904-1989) and his work. In was back in 1974 when he turned the town theatre into his own surrealistic museum. The theater was built in 1849 but was destroyed during the spanish civil war.
    The museum is one of the most popular in Spain and it was packed with visitors in late September, I cant imagine how enjoyable must (not) be here during the summer months.

    I guess every art fan will enjoy his visit here but I can understand that some people don’t really get excited with the surrealistic universe of the eccentric artist. Although you can see here artworks from other catalan artists the majority belongs to Dali of course but have in mind that some popular works of Dali are located in other museums all over the world but still the museum itself worth a visit as it is part of the art. It’s really funny to see how the collection here is ordered, you get a map at the entrance but after a while we just walked through enjoying what seemed to be interesting to us. There are huge or tiny paintings, jewelry, sculptures and many different installations, don’t miss his obsession with bread. Some of his work are really funny some others just weird but also some rooms with black and white sketches, not really mature but gave us an idea how he was probably trying to figure out what will be the next work.

    Pic.2 shows “rainy taxi” (1938) in the central courtyard, put 1 euro and the rain will cover the passengers :)
    Pics3 is taken on the central atrium, you can see Abraham Lincoln’s face from a distance but pic 4 reveals that it’s actually a puzzle of smaller paintings :)
    Pic.5 shows “Face of Mae West which can be used as an apartment” although what you see here is actually a couch :) Go up the stairs and look again, the paintings on the wall are her eyes, the curtains her hair etc

    I was surprised to see they have audio guides in the museum because S.Dali was against any explanation on his work.

    The entrance fee is 12 euros, reservations not required but expect huge queue during high season.
    No flash photography is allowed.

    It’s open daily 9.00-20.00 (july to September), 9.30-18.00 (October, march to june), 10.30-18.00 (November to February)

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    church San Pere

    by mindcrime Written Dec 24, 2012

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    Esglesia de Sant Pere is a nice parish church next to Dali museum so we took a look inside.

    San Pere church was built in gothic style at the end of 14th century in gothic style, a single nave church with no cross vault. The church was built over an older Romanesque church that was built somewhere around 10th or 11th century. The cross vault and the apse were built in 18th century and the dome was rebuilt in 1895.

    We took some pictures of the interior, there are some side chapels but nothing to get excited with.

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    Museu del Joguet

    by mindcrime Written Dec 24, 2012

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    Museu del Joguet is a the Toy Museum of Catalonia and unlike the packed Dali museum here there was no visitors inside!

    It opened in 1982 and its collection is big with about 4000 toys covering a long time period and different countries. As in many museums of this kind you get a nostalgic feeling here with all these vintage toys around but it’s always interesting to see alternative versions of toys you had or how they involved through time. There’s a room dedicated to dolls, including one that belonged to Salvador Dali.

    Our visit was kind of quick, we did it in about 50’ but it was very peaceful without any other visitors.

    The entrance fee is 6 euros (4,5e for studens/older people/children)

    From june to september it’s open daily 10.00-19.00 (Sundays 11.00-18.00).
    From October to may Tuesday to Saturday 10.00-18.00, Sundays 11.00-14.00, closed on mondays

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    museu de Emporda

    by mindcrime Written Dec 24, 2012

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    Figueres is the biggest town in Emporda (county of Girona). Museu de Emporda was founded in 1946 and moved to the building we see today in 1971.

    It covers archeology (funeral vases, ceramics, stone plaques) but also sculptures and paintings from 14th to 20th century.
    The entrance fee is 4euros but we preferred to drink an extra beer so we didn’t have time to visit this museum that is located at the bottom of La Rambla.

    It is open Tuesday to Saturday 11.00-20.00, Sundays 11.00-14.00

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    Face of Dalí

    by mindcrime Written Dec 24, 2012

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    The authorities of Figueres know that 99% of visitors come to their town for the famous Dali museum. Salvador Dali is connected with Figueres as he was born here in 1904, studied in Madrid and lived in different cities. In 1974 he turned the town theatre into his own surrealistic museum. He died in Figueres in 1989. Although he was famous as a surrealist painter he was made sculptures, films, took lots of photographs but above all Dali had eccentric behavior with many provoking acts.

    So they put this strange installation at the bottom of La Rambla so anyone that walks towards the museum will see it anyway. And as expected everyone takes a picture here :)
    There is a stretch of Dali’s face on the ground but it’s distorted, just look at the mirror behind it and you will see it appearing normally.

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    la Rambla

    by mindcrime Written Dec 24, 2012

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    As in many other catalan cities there is a La Rambla in Figueres. Much smaller in size than its big sister in Barcelona of course but also wide and lined with 2 rows of tall plane trees on both sides. The boulevard (rambla means boulevard in catalan) dominates the city center as it is located right in the middle. It was built between 1831 and 1840 over the old river that was splitting the town in two while the 26 plane trees were added in 1864.

    It is full of benches where the people can rest while at the bottom you can see a monument made by Enric Casanova to honor Narcis Monturiot (1819-1885) a local artist, intellectual, editor of a newspaper, lawyer and inventor of the submarine!
    Along both sides of La Rambla are sidewalk cafes.

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    placa de l’Estacio

    by mindcrime Written Dec 24, 2012

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    Placa de l’Estacio was the first thing we saw when we got out of the train station. It is a triangular square with nothing really special to mention about it apart from a nice small fountain and numerous tall trees that give shade on the sunny days for those that want to relax at the benches of the square. This is the square that you will first see in Figueres if you come by bus too as the bus station is located at the other side of the square.

    We liked the fact there were many stalls with locals selling candys, sugarplums, local cheese, honey etc so we had the chance to have something with us while walking around the Old Town.

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    the town

    by mindcrime Written Dec 24, 2012

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    Apart from visiting the museums we walked a bit through out the city. There are some typical squares, some of them with fountains some others with sculptures or memorials. La Rampla dominates the city centre and was created in early 19th century over the old river that was splitting the town in two.

    There are also many narrow streets in Old Town although near the Dali museum is a tourist trap with many café and restaurants hunting for the wallets of the tourists.

    We passed by placa de l’Ajuntament where the Town Hall is but also checked some buildings, some of them 100-150 years old but nothing to get excited with. If you are lucky you may attend a local bazaar, openair markets that always give different feeling and vibes.

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    Dali's sculptures

    by solopes Updated Dec 15, 2012
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    It is in the volumes that the imagination and eccentricity of the creator is more present in all the museum.

    The forms, their position, the organization of specific looking points, more than the paintings... that's Dali.

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    Dali Museum - the paintings

    by solopes Updated Oct 7, 2012
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    It was a small disappointment the collection on display.

    Of course, dollars were in command all Dali's life, and the best works were sold, but, even so, I really expected more. Funny, his jokes with Velasquez and the classics.

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    A man who loved his wife

    by lacole Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    You will find various forms of pictures and paintings of Gala, Dali's wife in this museum. This is one of my favorites. Also, there is a castle in Pubol called the Gala Dalí Castle Museum-House where they lived and where Gala is buried.

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    Dali Museum at Figueres

    by catnl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Favorite Thing:
    I have been there for a short time just 1 day, but maybe someday i will go back.... take at least 2 days to sabsorp it all!
    We went on a daytrip to Girona, Banoyes and the Dali museum. Its was organized by the travelagency and a femaleguide explained all in 4 languages. She was really good! We had an international group with Fins, Ukrainians, Germans, English, Italian, Spanish and Dutch people.
    All interested in the same thing that makes the contact very easy. The best of the trip was saved for last ,,the Dali mueseum. After a long trip we wanted to strech the legs first and have some drink at a restaurant on the square near the museum. Then we went inside my friend and me and i know i must have stood with my mouth open sometimes. I still feel the excitement looking at all the things Dali created, what a genius...
    The guide told us a lot about Dali's personnal life as well. I will write this all down later at my travelogues.

    Fondest Memory:
    Dali museu what more can i say....

    Its not allowed to take a huge bag or rucksaks inside the museum, neither can u u use a flashlight inside! If u do the camera will be confiscated..
    U can smoke, eat or drink in a special area.
    Its not allowed to touch anything, i think thats normal..do wear some walkingshoes because the building has 3 floors and u will be walking from room to room.
    Opening hrs.
    09.00-19.45 hrs July-September
    10.30-17.45 hrs.Jan-June and Oct-dec.
    www.dali-estate.org

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    Dali Theatre-Museum

    by JetlagCity Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Dali Theatre-Museum really must be experienced in person - it's so much more alive and three-dimensional than most museums. The building itself is part of the art, some of which Salvador Dali created specifically for this site. The entryway and lobbies are spectacular examples of this, as well as the Mae West room. Lots of his fantastic paintings are here, too, from his early surrealist works to some done near the end of his life.

    Unfortunately when we were here it was some sort of holiday in Europe, and there were hoardes of children running and screaming through the museum, out of control. I'd really like to come back someday to revel in this place without the headache I got on my first visit!

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    Salvador Dali's Museum

    by Hi-TowerUK Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    A must see is this! Dali's museum is full or his surrealist works of art. Some of them make no sense at all, some of them are plain ridiculous but the museum has to be seen to be believed! Don't miss it!

    Dali was obsessed by bread! It was said that on his first visit to the US he stepped off the plane with a loaf of bread on his head. The photo clearly shows what appears to be varnished loaves of bread on the outside of the building!

    Dali was a real joker. You have to see the inside of this place to believe it. He must have had an amazing sense of humour!

    Be aware that the museum can get very busy during the summer season. This means lot's of queues and high temperatures can make it very stuffy inside. It's a good idea to visit early spring or even in the winter when it is quieter.

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