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Tampa With Kids: The Dalí Museum in St. Pete, A Great Place to Introduce Kids to Art

Disclosure: We received complimentary tickets to visit the Dalí Museum in Saint Petersburg. However all opinions are sincere and are my own.

The Dalí Museum

The Dalí Museum entrance. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz all rights reserved.

 

On our recent family trip to Tampa we visited the Dali Museum in Saint Petersburg.  Having two extremely active and curious children we are often hesitant to take them to an art museum. At the same time we are very aware of the importance of introducing them and getting them excited about art at an early age so we decided to give the Dali Museum a try and boy did we make the right decision.

 

Dali museum staircase

The Dalí Museum’s stair case in the main atrium. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz all rights reserved.

 

From the minute we walked towards the building the children where captivated by the architecture.  Bulging glass hugged a concrete box building, just like a modern sculpture that you can walk into.  In the main atrium the central spiral staircase climbed up into the second floor but seemed to continue upwards right into the sky.  Any child would be wowed by it.

 

The Dalí Museum view of building from garden

The Dalí Museum view of building from garden with my daughter sitting in the bench. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz.

 

If your children need to burn some energy before going inside you can explore the gardens from where you will get the best exterior views of the museum’s architecture.  Both of my children ran right to the tree decked with garlands made from old wrist bands which blow in the wind giving the tree a mystical feeling. There are lots of things for children to discover in the garden from a hedged labyrinth, the famous giant ‘stach sculpture and physical representations of Fibonacci numbers and Pi piques that offer a preview of Dali’s art and how it integrates many of these mathematical concepts.

 

The Dalí Museums garden

The Dalí Museum’s garden. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz all rights reserved.

 

When we went inside the kids where given a card so that they could participate in a fun art scavenger hunt, looking for different works of art throughout the museum kept them entertained and interested.  The museum offers audio tours and they have one specifically for kids, I thought they would get bored after a few minutes but both of them heard most of it and seemed interested.  I think it also helped that Dalí’s art is very interesting and they where curious and asked questions about many of the paintings.

Little boy at Dalí Museum

My little guy in the second floor atrium focused on his scavenger hunt.

 

During our visit we took a couple of breaks between galleries.  We stopped to look out at the beautiful view of the harbor and the boats for a while in the second floor balcony, we visited the Education Classroom that is filled with activities children and their families can explore on their own and we also took a break at the cafeteria to take a bite.  Taking lots of breaks helped to keep the kids in a good mood and interested.

 

Th Dali Museums restaurant

Th Dali Museums restaurant has good food and a great view of the garden and marina. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz, all rights reserved.

 

We where pleasantly surprised not only by the architecture and the amazing works of art but about the fact that The Dalí Museum is so kid friendly.  I believe we really picked the best museum to visit with the kids and know we will be coming back soon.

 

The Dalí Museum view of staircase from second floor

 

If you would like to learn more about The Dalí Museum you can visit their website at www.thedali.org, check out their family programs which include weekly story time activities and like their Facebook page to stay up to date on their events and activities.

 

The Dalí Museum garland tree in garden

The Dalí Museum’s garden. Photo : Paula Benfeldt-Diaz, all right reserved.

This is part of a series of articles: Tampa with Kids , you can read more articles in the series HERE. #TampaWithKids

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Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula is a freelance writer, translator & marketer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on subjects ranging from travel and food to parenting and bilingualism. She enjoys traveling, good food and is always in search of new things to do and in Southwest Florida.

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  1. Michele

    I never even knew there was a Dali museum! If I lived near there I would certainly go. Truthfully I don’t much like his art–but the building itself and the grounds look extremely interesting.
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  2. becca

    i so need to take son here he would love it
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  3. Jennifer Williams

    I had seen this place so many times and assumed it would not be a place for small children, I will have to check it out.
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    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      We where hesitant at first but it was a great experience for the kids!

  4. Adin Blankenship

    What an amazing place to visit and explore. We were in Tampa like four years ago, but didn’t really explore the area as much since we only went to visit the Adventure Island. LOL! Thank you for sharing. Great experience for sure. What an awesome building. You look lovely.

  5. Mel Cole

    Wow, what a cool twirly staircase! That museum is awesome! Wish to see it someday.

  6. Alison Rigsbsy

    Wow. Everything about this place just screams art! So beautiful!

  7. Chubskulit Rose

    Gorgeous! Reminds me of Epcot!
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  8. Marms @ The Wandering Miss

    Kids have a wide imagination. And exposing them to art at an early age has a huge benefit.
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  9. LaKurdapyaz

    What a nice place to visit! We are in the other side of FL but will keep this in mind when we go on trip :) thanks for sharing!

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