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Dali Theatre-Museum
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Private Salvador Dali Day Trip to Figueres and the Costa Brava from Barcelona
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Figueres
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Instituted in 1974, this museum was built on the remains of the former Figueres Theater, and features a broad range of works of Salvador Dalí (1904-1989.)
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator
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“Worth the trip from Barcelona”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

Unfortunately you most likely will have to line ut for quite a while, at least in high season. We stood in about an hour in line. The building is, as other write, crowded, but it was not too much a problem.
There are more famous Dali-work other places, but the building and the art is well worth a visit.

Visited July 2013
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“Too Crowded to Appreciate”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

Booked tour with Viator out of Barcelona for what I thought to be informative, relaxing trip into the warped mind of Dali. First, the Viator trip was poor- the guide had no love, passion & limited knowledge about Dali. The guide did not accompany us inside museum, leaving us to fend for ourselves with the massive crowds & no commentary. There is no crowd control inside, poorly marked directions between floors/exhibits resulting in chaos with people going every which way. The halls are very narrow- claustrophobic in many areas.

I could accept the negatives if I learned something. A tour is the right way to see this museum, just pick the right tour because Viator did not meet expectations.

Visited June 2013
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“Long wait, crowded, but nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

Not being very into Dali's work, I cannot say much about the art displayed in the museum. There is not a lot of "melted clocks", but some quite fun paintings and objects that made my children enjoy the visit. The building itself, both interior and exterior, is quite fascinating.

But: We waited for more than an hour in the sun, in a quite unorganised queue (people heading to the tourist information have to pass through the queue all the time). Finally got in, and as others have written: The house is packed. In the narrow corridors there really is far to many people, in the larger areas it is not such a big problem.

PS: It is possible to buy tickets online for weekends all year round and aternoons from 1/07 to 31/08 on the website.

Visited July 2013
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“Definitely go!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

We arrived 1 hour after opening and the line was endless to get in. Disappointed, but we weren't willing to stand in the sun for an hour with 2 children, we headed off. On the way home, late afternoon, we gave it one more try and the line was much much shorter. You enter wondering what he was thinking with most of his art and you leave thinking the same thing but with a admiration for him and what he achieved which is both skilful and detailed. My 9 yr old loved it, especially how every piece was so different. The jewels were beautiful and this museum was almost empty which was enjoyable. Go early or late but definitely go you won't regret it.

Visited July 2013
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“Not worth a detour, an expensive tourist trap”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

It is supposedly one of the most visited museums in the world. Be prepared to stand in line for more than an hour, to finally find yourself in a small museum flooded with people.

Although the exterior of the building is promising, the museum is not worth waiting in line and the entrance fee of 12 € (2013). You will not find any of the famous paintings of Dali such as "The Persistence of Memory", "Metamorphosis of Narcissus", "Sacrament of the last Supper", "Christ of Saint John of the Cross" or any painting with elephants, melting clocks, ... .
It is a collection of Dali's "second class" work: drawings, unknown paintings, early work, furniture, some fun objects.

In addition, there is no apparent organization of the exhibited work (period, year, theme, ...) and no signs explaining each object ( title of the work, year of production, ... ).

To make everything worse, the museum is filled with people ( you need to stand in line IN the museum to see artwork closer! ). No way to look to work from a distance, share ideas with your companions, ... , a rather stressful visit.

Visited July 2013
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