The Salvador Dali Museum, Jewel of Surrealism

“Intelligence without ambition is like a wing without birds” Salvador Dali said. And yes, it only takes one quick glance at his legacy to fully understand the meaning of said phrase.

From paintings to sculptures to architecture, Dali surpassed all artists of his time and became the master of surrealism.

Being the kind of traveler that I am, you can understand now why I was so happy when I heard that in the little town of Figueres you could find a very unique museum designed by Salvador Dali himself. Prepare to be amazed!

The eccentric museum of Salvador DaliThe eccentric museum of Salvador Dali

The eccentric museum of Salvador Dali

The Salvador Dali Museum of Figueres

Figueres is a small town in Catalonia, located 30 minutes away from Girona and about 2 hours from Barcelona (which could be way less if you take the express train).

The town is fairly small and yet, you will be amazed to see the many sculptures Salvador Dali made here in his hometown.

The main attraction, of course, is the Salvador Dali Museum located in the historical center of the town. Yes, I know.

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they hear the word museum is hundreds of pieces of art displayed in a big hallway with white walls.

But the Salvador Dali Museum? Well, let’s just say that calling it a museum would be a big disservice. It’s a madhouse. An artistic beautifully crafted madhouse.

And yes, whether you love art or not, you will definitely love this.

The paintings of Salvador Dali

The paintings of Salvador Dali

What I loved the most about the Salvador Dali Museum is that, respecting the last wish of the surrealist artists, there’s no signs explaining the meaning of each artwork.

The reason for that is because Dali wanted all visitors to draw their own interpretations and conclusions about the meaning of life. Art is the ultimate form of expression and the greatest artists know that expression always goes both ways.

Does the fat lady chained on top of the car represents gender oppression? Does she represents the struggle of humanity against the industrial revolution? Does she represents Dali’s kinky side about S&M? Or is she simply an ex-girlfriend of the surrealist artist? We’ll never know.

And trust me, we don’t want to know.

Marylin Monroe by Salvador Dali

Marylin Monroe by Salvador Dali

The surrealistic jewels of Salvador Dali Museum

Make no mistake. Dali was a madman. The difference between him and the rest of the madmen in this world? He was not mad, in fact, every single aspect of his personality and traits was carefully crafted by him in order to bring the most spectacular performance to the world: His life. His legacy. Himself.

In addition to the main displays of the Salvador Dali Museum, you can also enjoy the exhibition of the surrealistic jewels using the same ticket.

Obtaining his inspiration from mythological creatures such as mermaids, medusas and more, Dali created this very unique set of items that adorned the costumes of his muses.

Take your time to enjoy every single of these items and wonder about the creative process that Salvador Dali might have gone through.

His quote of “I don’t do drugs. I am drugs” could probably give you a big hint about his unique inspiration.

Medusa jewel by Salvador Dali

Medusa jewel by Salvador Dali

Things to know before going to the Salvador Dali Museum

During high-season, I definitely advice you to book at least one day in advance since it’s definitely not fun to queue for two hours in the middle of a heavy rain. But hey, it was totally worth it. It totally was.

Price is 12 euros for general admittance (9 euro reduced). And yes, you can totally skip the queue by connecting to the wi-fi and buying an online ticket on the very same spot.

Figueres is not so interesting when compared to Girona so I recommend you to visit the Salvador Dali Museum as a day trip and to spend the night in Girona itself.

Alternatively, you could also visit Cadeques, Spain and visit the Salvador Dali Museum in Port Lligat.

The jewels of Salvador Dali

The jewels of Salvador Dali

Where to stay in Girona, Spain

Accommodation in Girona is very affordable (even in the city centre) although in all cases, you will get what you pay for.

Here’s a list of my recommendations for all types of budgets. When it comes to luxury and boutique hotels, I really recommend the Hotel Llegendes de Girona Catedral and the Ciutat de Girona. For hostels and guest houses, my best choices are Equity Point Girona and Pensión Borrás.

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So Moses and a Octopus enter into a bar...

So Moses and an Octopus enter into a bar…

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14 Responses

  1. Angie

    So awesome, Raphael! Dali is my favorite artist. There’s a museum with his works in St. Petersburg, Florida that is definitely worth seeing.

  2. Suyash Chopra

    Yeppie. What an interesting post, Raphael! I would love to visit it some day. Two years back, when I visited the museums of Madrid, I came across Dali and Goya and their works. And since then, I have become a huge fan of their works. Glad to know that this museum is designed by Dali himself. I can then think how ‘mad’ and addicted this museum will be. Your photos give ample testimony to that. Thanks for sharing this post dear.

    • Raphael Alexander Zoren

      Goya is also one of my favorites, I saw some of his works at the Prado Museum and I was totally hooked, specially by the painting of Jupiter eating his own sons!

  3. Escape Hunter

    I’ve been there too and loved it! There are so many art pieces I could admire for long minutes.
    The jewel collection had a (literally) beating (mechanically moving) heart-like jewel. That was an amazing piece!

  4. Steven Lilly

    The top picture isn’t Marilyn Monroe. It’s Mae West. The piece is called “Mae West’s Face, Which May Be Used As A Surrealist Apartment”.