Downtown St. Petersburg recently became home to the new Salvador Dali Museum. Countess pieces by the artist are featured here but the building is a work of art all on its own. The façade of the building brilliantly combines the logical with the whimsical. A simple cubical structure is broken up by a winding, formless, glass bubble – called ‘the enigma’. In a truly Dali-esque fashion, something normal is made completely fantastic and the product is break taking. An interesting feature of the structure is that it is completely hurricane proof – like, the entire building. I guess when you think about it, having a priceless collection of art of by one of the most famous artists of the 20th century destroyed by water damage probably wouldn’t be great.
Making our way to the interior of the building is just as beautiful as the outside. In the center of the first floor is a giant helical staircase. Twisting up to the top of the structure, it’s like the walls surrounding the staircase spiral with it giving the space the feeling of being on the inside of a seashell. Surrounded by the glass of ‘the enigma’, the entire room is filled with natural light and beautiful views of the bay. While the galleries are filled with some of Dali’s most impressive works, there is also a gift shop like non other. Most hear gift shop and want to run but trust me this one is worth it. It has everything from genuine ‘melted clock’ watches, to a Dali rubix cube, and Salvador Dali finger puppets. Be sure not to miss the hilariously gigantic mustache outside on your way out. It looks like the one Dali himself liked to sport – only if he was 500 feet tall.