Most of the thousands of people who have visited the new Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg since it opened in January 2011 agree that it's a spectacular building. Now Flavorwire, a hip cultural blog, has included it in its list of the 20 Most Beautiful Museums in the World.
The blog both aggregates news and creates its own features, including top 20 lists that recently have ranged from the most beautiful skate parks to the Very Worst Performances of 10 Great Movie Actors.
The Dalí was part of a list that included icons such as the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Guggenheim Bibao in Spain.
A lot of online commenters took issue with the choices and what were considered glaring omissions. None of Venice's beautiful museums were included, for example, nor was I.M. Pei's Miho Museum in Japan.
Flavorwire editor Emily Temple explained her choices in an email: "The selection process was very simple — I just looked through hundreds of photos of museums all over the world and picked my favorites! Not very scientific, perhaps, but how else to determine something as slippery as beauty?"
The Dalí was singled out for its dramatic glass architectural feature that appears to bubble from the roof to the ground. It was designed by Yann Weymouth who, by the way, worked with Pei on the Louvre glass triangle.
To see the full list, go to flavorwire.com and enter "museums" in the search box.