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Address: 5 Custom House Plaza, 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice exhibit. Was not aware of his connection to Monterey. Not really my cup of tea but enjoyed the various themes and styles

Thank JVLD
San Diego, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in mid day and find that the museum was small but had some interesting pictures and history to see.

1 Thank CaribbeanFan79
Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a surrealist artist, it is hard to know what was in Dali's mind when he created his images but this exhibit goes a long way to help you understand. I especially enjoyed the sculptures.

Thank Karen W
Sterling, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Located in the Custom House Plaza, this museum had a Salvador Dali exhibit that was just fantastic. Worth a visit.

Thank mshapiro99
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 

Thank Lauren M
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 

1 Thank StevoinMinnesoto
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 

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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 

Thank DBKuper
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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