Salvador Dali was born on 11 May 1904 in Figueras, Spain and
although he was initially an Impressionist, he discovered Cubism in 1921 and then in 1929
he met Gala, which was the woman that gave him inspiration and became his life-long
Dali had a very controversial personality and the museum is a very unusual experience,
which shows the same attributes by defying conventional aesthetics and is circled by black
walls, plus utilises an unusual lighting and sound system and most of the exhibits are
sculptures and this museum manages to capture the artists love for the incredible, the
fantastic and the bizarre, along with his obsession of melting snails!
Salvador Dali was an extraordinary man, being a showman and genius, though he was known to
be a bit strange and he claimed that all people would love him at some point, which was
the sort of statements he would make, but people do tend to have strong feelings about
him, either loving or hating Dali and his work.
Dali embraced Surrealism and rejected hesitations and prejudices, which he claimed
hindered his creative power and he had a major passion for grand metaphysical, religious
and scientific themes and this museum will provide you with a detailed look at the
creative process that produced some of Salvador Dali's most famous works.
Yet this is a unique collection of original sculptures and graphics by Salvador Dali, the
Catalan master, and is the only place in France dedicated to him and although this is a
very little known museum, Espace Dali can be a pleasant escape from the crowds of
It has a great atmosphere for all the family and even children will be able to recognise
the collection of prints, original sculptures and engravings that Salvador Dali made for
an illustrated edition of Alice in Wonderland.
The Espace Dali Museum is located in the middle of the Montmartre village and is not
directly accessible by Tour Bus, but there is a tour stop for passengers located at the
bottom of the Butte Montmartre, which is on Boulevard Rochechouart. And so, by going
up the hill of the Sacre Coeur, which can be
negotiated by stairs or funicular, then turning left at the top and following the
direction of Place du Tertre, you will find the museum situated behind this and it is open
all year round from 10am through to 6pm.
Address & Contact Details:
11 Rue Poulbot
Telephone: 1 42 64 40 10