Fans of the surrealist master Salvador Dalí will have the opportunity to bask in his creativity when the Dalí Museum opens back up to their members June 24-28 and to the public on July 1.
Healthcare workers will receive free admission July 1-5 as a thank you for providing essential care during the coronavirus pandemic.
The museum announced its reopening in a news release that outlined new measures that will be taken and stated that, “following the unprecedented closure and challenges that the pandemic brought for the Museum and the community, the Dalí’s goal in reopening is to provide solace, inspire reflection and create connections.”
Two new exhibits that will be on display when the museum opens may help do just that.
“Dalí’s Sacred Science: Religion and Mysticism,” will highlight five, rarely exhibited mixed media pieces from the permanent collection. The piece are part of his later body of work and pair images and texts that reflect Dalí's spiritual pursuit. It includes Dalí's Mystical Manifesto and 54 prints that explore mythology, the Classical Greek and Roman Pantheon, the founding of Israel, Freud’s text on religion and 10 images on parchment made with ink and jewels, presented in a box decorated with symbols of mathematical perfection. It remains on view through Nov. 1.
“At Home with Dalí” features portraits of the artist in his environment in Spain during the 1950s and ’60s, taken by photographers Horst. P. Horst, Ricardo Sans, Melitó Casals, Lies Wiegman and Robert Descharnes.
“We believe the arts are a tool for transformation," executive director Hank Hine said in the release. "They can bring together a community, help us re-imagine it, and arm us with the will to make it better. The Dalí can serve as an essential part of the healing of our region.”
So what will the reopening look like?
Reduced hours are one part of the plan, as is maintaining social distancing. The museum will be open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, with special hours for seniors from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday-Thursday. The museum will stay open until 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday and will offer half-price admission on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m.
Cafe Gala will be open during museum hours with a limited menu.
To implement physical distancing, the museum will reopen at 50 percent capacity and timed tickets will be required for admission. Visual reminders will help guests keep six feet apart, staff will monitor a one-way visitor flow through the galleries and docent tours have been canceled.
Plexi screens have been installed at admissions, in the store, at the app Station and Café Gala counters. Hand-sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building and they have enhanced cleaning practices.
Temperature checks on all staff and visitors will be taken with a thermal camera. Anyone running a fever over 100.4 will not be permitted into the museum.
Masks are required on all staff and visitors. The museum is selling face masks with Dalí's trademark mustache in the gift shop and at admissions for $6.
All transactions must be made with a credit card. The museum will not be renting out audio tour equipment, but guests can take the self-guided tour by downloading the Dalí Museum app to their phones.
The high-touch exhibits will remain closed, including the education center, the Labyrinth and the virtual reality experience, Dreams of Dalí.
But guests are still invited to make a wish and tie their wristband to the Wish Tree when they leave the museum.
And the Dalí Lives artificial intelligence experience has been adapted to be touch-free, so guests can still interact with the uncanny version of the artist himself.
“Greetings,” he’ll say. “I am Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech. And I am back.”
IF YOU GO
The Dalí Museum opens to the public on July 1. $25; $23 seniors/military/police/firefighters/educators; $18 students/kids 13-17; $10 kids age 6-12; free for children 5 and younger. After 5 p.m. Thursdays, $12, $8 kids 6-12. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, with special hours for seniors from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday-Thursday . The Museum will stay open late until 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday and will offer half-price admission on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. One Dalí Blvd, ( Bayshore Drive and Fifth Ave. SE), St. Petersburg. (727)823-3767. thedali.org.