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The new $36 Million Dali Museum Opens Jan. 11, 2011, with Her Royal Highness Infanta Cristina of Spain as Guest of Honor

10/22/2010 07:27 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

WHO: Salvador Dali

WHAT: Opening of the new $35 M Dali Museum in St. Pete Florida

WHEN: Opening January 11, 2011

WHERE: 1000 Third Street South St. Petersburg, FL USA 33701 (727) 823-3767

WHY:

The new $36 Million Dali Museum will open on Jan. 11, 2011 with Her Royal Highness Infanta Cristina of Spain as Guest of Honor.

The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, houses more of Salvador Dalí's famed masterworks than any other museum in the world, and the collection is the largest in the world outside of Spain. Construction for the new building began on December 12, 2008 and will double in size to 66,450 square feet in order to showcase works of art from a 2,140 piece collection, including 96 oil paintings. The Dali Museum has been working with the renowned architectural firm of HOK and the hurricane proof building is constructed by the Beck Group. The "fortress like" structure is designed to withstand the winds of a Category 5 storm. The roof is 12-inch thick solid concrete and the walls are 18 inches.

Art lovers around the globe are invited to synchronize their soft watches and gather next January in St. Petersburg, Florida when the new $36 million Dalí Museum will be unveiled. Her Royal Highness Infanta Christina of Spain will be the guest of honor during the official Grand Opening, slated for January 11, 2011 at 11:11 a.m.

The Salvador Dali Museum opened in a one story warehouse along the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront in 1982. Approximately 85% of the 200,000 visitors per year come from outside of the region and they generate more than $50 million dollars a year in economic impact. The core collection was donated by Cleveland industrialist A. Reynolds Morse and his wife Eleanor.

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