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“Great artist gift to his one and only beloved muse”

Dali-Gala Castle Museum-House (Castell de Pubol)
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Dali Figueres and Púbol Full-Day Tour with Small...
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Pubol
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Owner description: Medeival castle painter Dali presented to his wife, Gala, is now a museum. Closed 1 January to 14 March
Reviewed 16 June 2010

This museum is very interesting to see from point of view what a great artist could give as a present to his one and only beloved muse and how he could decorate it for her. Even if you do not like Dali, the Pubol castle is interesting for its own history, severe looks, heraldic, church sharing the wall with the castle and remains of old village. Although Dali is a modern artist, he deeply admired traditions, classics, titles, and hierarchy. In the castle of Pubol he even tried to preserve some old and romantically looking cracks in the walls. Then there is a delightful “dalinized" garden ..... Very narrow and tall alleys of trees and blooming jasmine, fountains and elephants on dragonfly legs walking on top of this greenery.

Practicalities: Museum is not in Figueres but 40-50 km away. From train station Flaca (station between Girona and Figueres) we took a taxi. If you do not see any car at the taxi stand, ask the sale person of train station cafeteria to call for a driver. The drivers are somewhere around reading papers, having coffee and waiting for clients. We were charged 10 euros one way (about 4-5 km) and we called the same driver on our way back. I guess you can walk but you have to known where to go and it would not be a comfortable walk in the absence of proper shoulder on the auto road. Museum has a nice shop with plenty of books about Dali, Gala and Pubol castle on several languages including English, German, French, Russian, etc. Long and large stand with information about castle of Pubol in English in the former stables by the restrooms. There are additional souvenir shops and restaurant just outside the museum. The Pubol museum and its garden were nearly empty on Sunday in late May when we were there.

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Reviewed 6 November 2009

Holy smokes.
To state my biases straight out, I'm not a huge museum guy -- call me what you will, but if it's not the Met in NY, the British Museum, or the Louvre, and it's not raining cats & dogs, I'd much rather do something (anything) else, particularly if it's a museum devoted to a single artist, which is usually a much larger display of ego than of art.
But WOW!
The Dali Museum is simply overwhelming, and you must go, even if you hate museums or surrealism or both.
There are many famous works, including the monumental "Rainy Cadillac" (Dali's '41 Caddy convertible with a fat lady on the hood, dummy passengers getting rained on inside, and a boat on a flagpole high overhead); the Palace of the Wind room with its magnificent ceiling fresco; and the ever popular Mae West room; but in a sense the Museum as a whole is itself a work of art -- maybe even Dali's masterpiece -- because it, and everything in it, was conceived and designed by the artist himself as a collective sensory experience -- a Cliff's Notes of surrealism, if you will. Dali literally gave this project his "all" -- he's buried here, and his grave lies among the exhibits!
Don't forget the jewelry collection (included in admission price) -- not really jewelry so much as sculpture using gold & precious stones as the media of expression -- magnificent stuff.
There is little other reason to visit Figueres, IMO, but this museum is more than enough reason all by itself.
Stay at the El Moli bed-and-breakfast nearby (see my review), and drink it all in. It's an experience simply not to be missed.

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