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jan 07 2011

New Dali Museum Opening in St. Petersburg

The new Dali Museum (Courtesy Visit St. Petersburg Clearwater)

Big news for St. Petersburg, Fla.—its spanking-new Salvador Dali Museum will open on Tuesday. The museum will double its size with the new $36 million building, dedicated to the famous Spanish surrealist artist.

St. Petersburg (recently one of our favorite winter beach retreats) will be home to the most works by Dali outside of Spain—2,140 in all, including the "The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory."

Plus, the 66,400-square-foot building looks cool. Architect Yann Weymouth designed the exterior with waterproof concrete that can withstand a Category 5 hurricane, which Florida is no stranger to. But contrasting with the thick concrete is a "window" that could be considered an artwork in itself. Made from 900 glass panels, with no two alike, the gorgeous geometric structure has been nicknamed the "Glass Enigma."

The waterfront museum will also have a café, a 96-seat auditorium , a student gallery, and a library. There are events planned for the 1/11/11 opening (the first guest will be admitted at, fittingly, 11:11 a.m.)

Want more? The Tampa Tribune has a virtual tour.

One Dali Boulevard, 800/442-3254, tickets $21 for adults. See a full list of events.

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