The Dali Theatre and Museum is dedicated to artist Salvador Dalí and houses the most extensive collection of surrealist art in the world.
It is located in Dali’s hometown of Figueres, in Catalonia, Spain, and houses 1,500 paintings, drawings, sculptures, etc.
Dali had bought the Figueres’ Municipal Theatre, a 19th-century construction destroyed in the Spanish Civil War, and built a museum for himself.
Every room, apart from having his art, has been designed by him.
After he died in 1989, the ace Catalonian artist got buried in a crypt at the museum’s basement.
Around one and a half million tourists visit the largest surrealistic object in the world every year.
Table of contents
- How to reach Dali Theatre-Museum
- Dali Museum’s hours
- Best time to visit Dali Theatre-Museum
- How long does the Dali Museum take
- Dali Museum tickets
- Dali Museum tours from Barcelona
- The Dalinian Triangle
- Dali Museum Map
- Dali Theatre-Museum by night
How to reach Dali Theatre-Museum
Dalí Theatre-Museum is at Plaça Gala i Salvador Dalí, 5, 17600, Figueres. Get Directions
The Catalonian city of Figueres is 147 kilometers (91 miles) north of Barcelona, and by car, it is a one hour and 40 minutes drive.
Dali Museum by train
You have five options to get to the museum.
If you don’t want to stand in the queue for the train tickets, check out this tour from Barcelona, which includes high-speed train tickets from Barcelona Sants Station to Figueres (roundtrip).
Numerous buses can also get you closer to the Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres.
Tours to the Dali Museum
If you are a tourist who doesn’t like handling the transport yourself, we recommend two tours from Barcelona to Dali Theatre and Museum in Catalonia.
To explore Dali Museum and the city of Figueres and Girona in one day, check out the 10-hour long Dali, Figueres & Girona Bus Tour from Barcelona.
If you are a Dali fan, you must visit the Dalilian Triangle of Figueres, Cadaqués, and Portlligat. Find out more about this Dalí-themed day excursion from Barcelona.
Check out all the available tours to Dali Museum.
Driving to Dali Museum
If you are driving from Barcelona to Dali Museum, you must take the AP7 motorway (Barcelona-la Jonquera). And then take the Figueres exit, or take the main road Nacional II (Barcelona-France).
Drive to the city center, and you can’t miss the Dali Museum.
Dali Theatre and Museum doesn’t have a car park of its own, and you must find a spot at one of the paid parking places in Figueres.
- Parking Saba El Garrigal (20 meters, 65 feet away)
- Parking Formula al centre de Figueres (60 meters, 200 feet away)
- Parking Passeig Nou Empark (240 meters, 800 feet away)
If you want more parking options, check out this map.
Note: Figueres is 56 kilometers (35 miles) south of Perpignan, France.
Dali Museum’s hours
During the peak season of July to September, Dali Museum in Figueres opens at 9 am and closes at 8 pm. During the shoulder months of March to June and October, it begins at 9.30 am and closes at 6 pm.
The rest of the year, Dali Theatre and Museum welcomes visitors from 10.30 am to 6 pm.
The surrealist art museum is closed on Monday, except during the peak months of July, August, and September. It also remains closed on 25 December and 1 January.
The last admission is 45 minutes before closing.
Best time to visit Dali Theatre-Museum
The best time to visit Dali Theatre and Museum in Figueres is as soon as they open.
When you start early, you can avoid the crowd and give yourself enough time to explore the city of Figueres.
During the peak season of July to September, the Dali Museum gets crowded, and only a certain number of visitors are allowed inside at a time.
To ensure guaranteed entry, please book your tickets to Dali Museum in advance.
How long does the Dali Museum take
Most visitors spend two to three hours at the Dali Theatre-Museum, exploring all the rooms and their exhibits spread over the three floors.
This estimation includes the 20 plus minutes you may spend enjoying the outside garden and the ten minutes of sifting through souvenirs in the massive gift shop.
Dali Museum tickets
Visitors can get their Dali Theatre-Museum tickets online or at the venue.
However, every day, Dali Museum has long queues outside since only a limited number of visitors are allowed to go in at a time.
That’s why we recommend you purchase the tickets online for a specific time slot in advance.
These are smartphone tickets, which means that they get emailed to you as soon as you purchase.
No need to take a printout – you can show the ticket on your smartphone to gain access.
On the day of your visit, you can arrive ten minutes before the time mentioned on your ticket and enter the museum right away.
Dali Museum entry tickets
This Dali Museum ticket gets you access to everything at the attraction, including the famous Mae West Room, the Rainy Taxi, Dalí’s tomb, Dalí Jewels collection, etc.
You must select a time slot while booking this ticket, and on the day of your visit, be at the museum within 20 minutes of the time chosen.
Kids eight years and below can enter for free.
Ticket price (9+ years): €16
Box: Two hour-long guided tours of the Dali Theater-Museum are available in French and Spanish.
Dali Museum tours from Barcelona
There are many kinds of tours from Barcelona to the Dali Museum and its neighboring areas.
We share some of our favorites below –
|Guided tour of Dali Museum|
Available in French and Spanish
|Girona and Figueres tour from Barcelona|
Hotel pick up and drop included
|Dali Triangle tour from Barcelona|
Hotel pick up and drop included
|Cheaper Dali Triangle tour|
No hotel pick up and drop
|Private tour to Figueres and Pubol|
Private transport & personal experience
The Dalinian Triangle
Salvador Dali had an extensive global influence when he was alive, which continues even today after his death.
In Catalonia, Spain, which was his home, he influenced three places the most – Figueres, Púbol, and Portlligat.
These three municipalities of Catalonia form what is known as the Dalinian Triangle, a territory of around 40 square kilometers.
While Figueres has the Dali Theatre-Museum, Púbol has the Gala Dalí Castle, a unique sanctuary and resting place for his wife, Gala Dali.
From the outside, Gala Dalí Castle is an 11th-century structure, but inside it is one of Dali’s great creative works focused on one person, his muse Gala.
Portlligat, a village in the municipality of Cadaqués, has the Salvador Dalí House-Museum, where he lived and worked from 1930 to 1982.
After Gala Dalí passed away, he started staying at the Castle in Pubol.
Visitors who want to better understand the life and works of Salvador Dalí’s opt for the Dalinian Triangle tour.
Dali Museum Map
The Dali Theatre and Museum may not be massive, but it has lots to see.
It is important not to get lost amongst the exhibits.
If you have booked a guided tour of the Dali Museum, you don’t need its map.
But if you will be on your own, we suggest you understand the Museum’s layout.
The Dali Museum in Catalonia has six parts, and you must follow the same order during your visit.
- Courtyard and Stage
- Ground Floor and Below Stage
- First Floor (first part)
- Second Floor
- Third Floor
- First Floor (second part) & exit
Dali Theatre-Museum by night
From 29 July to 2 September every year, Dali Theatre-Museum stays open late into the night.
Night-time visits start at 10 pm to 1 am, and the last admission is at 00.30 am.
The capacity is limited to 500 visitors per night.
In August, the Theatre-Museum offers guided tours so that visitors can explore the world’s most extensive surrealistic work under the moonlight.
At 10.30 pm, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the tours are in Spanish and English.
And on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday in Catalan and French.
These guided tours are limited to 25 people who purchase the tickets and assemble in the square in front of the museum.