Why You Should Visit Salvador Dali’s Grave

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Salvador Dali’s grave isn’t like other burial sites. The building surrounding it has six-foot tall eggs adorning the roof. Inside, there’s a geodesic dome, a portrait made out of furniture and a golden elephant with elongated legs.

And is that Abraham Lincoln’s face I see in the atrium? Of course it is.

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You Really Should Visit Salvador Dali’s Tomb

Aside from the pyramids in Egypt and similar historical monuments, it’s rare for a family travel blog to recommend visiting a tomb. Yet here I am, telling you that this is exactly what you should do. Visit Salvador Dali’s grave. It’s amazing.

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Who is Salvador Dali?

Salvador Dali was the father of surrealism and one of the most famous artists the world has ever known. I’m sure you’re familiar with his melting clocks and dozens of other paintings, but Dali was also a draftsman, a sculptor, a filmmaker, and a photographer. He worked with countless materials (including gold and diamonds), and many of the results are on display is the Salvador Dalí Theatre-Museum in Northern Spain.

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Why Visit Salvador Dali’s Grave?

In death as in life, Salvador Dali did things like no one else. His tomb is surrounded by a museum filled with some of his most famous works, as well as many that you’ve probably never seen or heard of.

Granted, this is surrealism and this is Salvador Dali, so there are things in this building that could be considered too racy or disturbing by some parents. There are skulls, a few nudes, and a few images/items that imply something sexual. Also, there are references to death, not to mention that many of the figures in Dali’s paintings could be considered grotesque (see above).

That said, the place has so much to see, and in my opinion, the small amount of stuff that some might find questionable is no reason to miss this incredible place. In fact, this could be a conversation starter with your kids about what is and what isn’t art.

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Where is Salvador Dali’s Grave?

The Salvador Dalí Theatre-Museum is in the city of his birth: Figueres, Spain. Close to the French border, Figueres is about 45 minutes north of Girona by car and 90 minutes from Barcelona.

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The ceiling in one of the main upstairs rooms.

What’s in Salvador Dali’s Grave?

So. Much. Stuff! Salvador Dali’s tomb is on the lower floor, but surrounding it are paintings, sculptures, drawings, and more. His car is in the courtyard, and every wall and hallway is covered in paintings, drawings, and sculptures.

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Can you see the skull in the reflection?

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One room is dedicated to a single installation: Dali’s portrait of Mae West. Step into the room and you see a sofa, chairs and a fireplace that look unlike any other. Walk up a few steps to the observation point and look through the glass. Viola: Hello Mae.

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How to Visit Salvador Dali’s Grave

We recommend buying tickets in advance — especially in the warmer months. Like other Spanish attractions such as Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and Playa de Catedrales, there are set times to enter. It’s best to buy tickets ahead of time so you can arrange your arrival time more efficiently.

We recommend going in the morning. That way you can be out by lunchtime for a walk around. Figueres is a charming town with a nice (but small) restaurant and cafe selection.

In Addition to Salvador Dali’s Grave

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Make sure to visit his jewelry museum, as well. That’s right: Salvador Dali was also a jeweler. Many of his most famous imagery makes an appearance here in gold and precious stones. Once I put some pictures together, I’ll share that, too.

If you’re looking for a place to eat and for the kids to run around, walk two blocks south to La Rambla de Figueres and you’ll find some nice bistros and a small park. That’s where we ate lunch after we left Salvador Dali’s grave. The park was happening because it was Christmastime, but it looks like this is a happening spot in town for little ones year-round.

Have You Been to Salvador Dali’s Grave?

What did you find most interesting? Where have you seen Salvador Dali’s work? Are there any other burial sites that you’d recommend a family visit?

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