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Address: 5 Custom House Plz, Monterey State Historic Park, Monterey, CA
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+1 831-372-2608
10:00 - 17:00
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Terrific museum featuring Salvador Dali

We'd planned on the usual in Monterey, visiting the Aquarium, and having lunch in the area. While reading about the area in a magazine in our room we discovered that a new... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 November 2016
Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend loves maritime and naval history, and we always go to the local maritime museum while on trips. He had heard about this one, so I looked it up and saw that there was a new Dali exhibit. We didn't realize the museum is not a history museum anymore. It is all Dali. Which is great, don't get me... More 

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

We'd planned on the usual in Monterey, visiting the Aquarium, and having lunch in the area. While reading about the area in a magazine in our room we discovered that a new Salvador Dali display had opened at the Museum of Monterey. Dali is one of our favorite artists so our plans were made for the day. The museum overlooks... More 

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Bay Area
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

This is an extensive collection of the various periods of Dali's life. Some of the work is classic Dali while other pieces are quite striking and actually jarring. Much to see and digest in this huge exhibition.

Thank 1CaliforniaBoy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Worth the visit. There are over 300 of original paintings for Salvador Dali, from black & white etchings to the melting watches. The best works are on the first floor. It take about an hour to walk through the gallery. There is a theater showing art house movies Dali produced. They are nothing special. They ar reminiscent of the 1960s... More 

Thank Andrea G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This is a very small museum that shows the whole history of Monterey and the surrounding area. It is a great museum for families and for children in that it requires a small attention span and doesn't take long to go through Being an old sailor I especially like the seafaring part of it And the best part is that... More 

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Lakewood, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

A small museum in beautiful location. This was the start of the 14th week open-so it's new. They have over 600 pieces of work. The tour is self guided but there are knowledgeable docents eager to answer questions. Many of the collections are in the same number series. And so much more than I expected. We only planned to be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

What an unbelievable display of the artwork of an important artist! This museum boasts pieces never before seen. There are paintings, drawings, watercolor, and sculptures. There is a movie, and many commentaries from which you learn more about the artist and the pieces that are displayed. A "must see" for any art enthusiast!!! Well, worth the $20 admission.

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Park City, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Dali came to Monterey at the start of WWII and this museum has a very nice collection of both originals and copies. Right at Fisherman'so Wharf.

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Central CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Went here with a friend to see the newly donated Dali collection. It was a nice body of work made up of mostly lithographs and some woodcuts and etchings. There are many pieces here which most people have not seen including work influenced by Goya and also religious images. There are also several sexual images, so keep that in mind... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

I feel sorry for the gal who works here-it doesn't seem like a very traveled spot. The retail area seems to be going out of business with dwindling stock each time I visit.

Thank terry k

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