Dalí Paris: The Complete Guide

Gallery in the Dali Paris museum

Dalí Paris

The only site in France entirely dedicated to the life, work and legacy of the Spanish surrealist artist with the famously curled moustache, Dalí Paris is an intimate museum and exhibition space nestled in Paris' Montmartre district. Displaying some 300 works of art from the legendary artist — including monumental sculptures, paintings, etchings, surrealist objects and furniture — the permanent collection aims to show the range of Dalí's eclectic influences, drawing on references from ancient Greek and Rome, alchemy, Christianity and classic works of literature.

This recently renovated museum is an essential stop for anyone interested in the artist's work, or for those wishing to get a sense of some of the artistic history that made Montmartre an important center of creation and innovation during the 20th century.

History

Dalí Paris was first opened in 1991 by Beniamino Levi, a private art collector, curator and Dalí enthusiast who commissioned several of the artist's large-scale bronze sculptures in the 1960s. The museum was recently renovated, re-opening to the public in April 2018 with a new curation and several new original works from the iconic artist. This is also one of the few museums in Paris that allows art collectors to purchase selected works.

What to See: Highlights at the Permanent Collection 

The permanent collection re-opened with the theme "Seeing is Inventing", and leads visitors through some of the grand motifs, ideas and influences marking Dalí's work.

Sculptures make up an important part of the collection, offering a three-dimensional account of Dali's surrealist, whimsical and classical artistic visions. Soft, seemingly melted, bronze watches, fantastical animals with long, spindly legs and open or closed drawers are among the most iconic.

Paintings, sketches, lithographs and etchings, meanwhile, reference everything from the Bible to alchemy, Cervantes's "Don Quixote" to Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland." Oils, watercolors, pen-and-ink drawings and engraved tableaux depict both mythical, classical figures to surrealist scenarios and motifs now tightly associated with the famous artist (think apricots turning into Knights and brides with heads made of flowers).

The adjoining art gallery allows visitors to browse or explore more deeply the artist's techniques and themes. Multiple editions of the same works are frequently presented in this space, as well as a number of archives and catalogues.

Temporary Exhibits

Since the museum's reopening in 2018, it has staged temporary exhibits at the adjoining contemporary art gallery. See this page for information and details on how to buy tickets. 

Location & Contact Information 

The museum is located on a quiet street in artsy Montmartre, in Paris' 18th arrondissement (district).

  • Address: 11 Rue Poulbot, 75018 Paris (directly east of Place du Tertre)
  • Metro: Anvers (Line 2), Lamarck-Caulaincourt or Abbesses (Line 12), or take the Montmartre Funicular from the nearby Anvers station to access the museum more easily/climb the Butte Montmartre hill
  • Tel : +33 (0)1 42 64 40 10
  • Visit the official website (in English)

Opening Hours and Tickets

The museum and collections are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. You must purchase a ticket by 6 p.m. to enter the collections. In July and August, the museum remains open until 8:30 p.m. (last visit at 8 p.m.).

  • Dalí Paris is open on the following French public holidays: January 1st, Easter Monday, May 1st, May 8th, Ascension Thursday, Bastille Day (July 14th), Assumption Day (Aug, 15th), November 11th, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.
  • Admission prices: Tickets are 12 euros for adults, 9 euros for teachers, students and guests between 8 and 26 years old (must bring a valid ID). The museum offers free entry to children under the age of 8 years old when accompanied by an adult, as well as to disabled visitors and one accompanying person.
  • Accessibility: The museum is fully accessible for most disabled visitors, who are admitted free of charge to the museum on presentation of a valid card.

Sights and Attractions Nearby

The Sacré Coeur: This iconic Basilica resembling a giant meringue has an observation deck that offers some truly breathtaking panoramic views of the city; if you opt to climb the towers you can benefit from even more sweeping views. While the interiors — heavy on gold leaf and lavish decorations — are not to everyone's tastes, the Basilica is nevertheless one of the Parisian skyline's most-recognizable monuments, and worth a visit.

Place du Tertre: This square just feet from the museum is something of a tourist trap these days, taken over by painters and caricature artists who sell rather predictable paintings and sketches of the capital. Yet it can be fun to stop here for a few pics to get a taste of what old Montmartre might have looked like, and perhaps perch at the café where the term "bistrot" was rumored to be first coined by Russian soldiers.

Le Moulin de la Galette: A testament to Montmartre's agricultural past, this authentic windmill in the heart of the old village has been painted by numerous artists, including Vincent Van Gogh. It now houses a restaurant that makes a solid choice for lunch or dinner, boasting a terrace that's pleasant to dine on, especially during the warmer months.

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