Museum of Monterey, Monterey

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  • Excellent Dali Exhibit. The reason we went to the museum. We arrived about and hour before they closed and should have allowed more time. Worth a visit.  more »
  • Tripadvisor lists "Dali17," "Museum of Monterey" and "Stanton Center" at 5 Custom House Plaza. All are the same, with a permanent exhibit of Dali, and most recent reviews are at Dali17. Powerful image...  more »
  • This place had a traveling Dali Exhibit when we visited but overall their artwork seems good. Its not very large but the natural light and location make it very nice to walk thru and enjoy some art.  more »
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  • Dali lived on the original 17 mile drive in the 1940s, so the museum i dedicated to him. Many of the pieces were lithographs of Dali paintings, and not good ones at that. I watched a documentary in the theater. I had expected it would be about his technique and career, but it was all about his personal behavior. He was a terrible sexual predictor. You can choose to excuse his behavior as being due to the sexual revolution, but I don't think that excuses how he manipulated young men with his fame. After 20 minutes of watching this, I had an intense, "why the heck am I still watching this?" reaction, and returned to looking at the art.
  • I was pleasantly surprised to find this museum. I've been to the Dali Museum in Paris as well. The art here is mostly not the big well known pieces like they have in Paris, that makes this exhibit interesting. Much of what they had was unknown to me. The biggest shortcoming was the restroom. It was outside of, but adjacent to, the museum. And FILTHY! I'm not sqeemish, but I do think a business should take some responsibility for the restroom they rely on for the comfort of their customers. I couldn't use it. It smelled and had obviously not been cleaned.
  • Loved it, been twice and will get membership so I can save money! Dali is so inspiring. Feel so blessed that we have his wonderful works available any time to view. He was a genius!
  • Not as many originals or expected pieces as I would have liked to see but I enjoyed learning about his commissioned works.
  • This is gallery is worth visiting if you are in the area but its not worth visiting specifically if you live any distance away. The gallery is laid out in an odd way. Partially because of the space it resides it but it also its just laid out more like a commercial gallery than a museum exhibit. The art is crammed wall to wall frame to frame. Its great they have so many works on display but this isn't really the best or most modern way to display art since its kind of overwhelming. Especially given the content and style in this case. Almost all the art was framed in large gaudy gold frames the kind that can be found in your average art store and it distracts from the art itself. Ignoring all that their is a great collection of many of Dali's less typical works mostly from his time in Monterrey. They are great to see but almost all of them are prints. Overall its worth visiting and there are a lot of other sites in the area, so if you happen to be nearby its worth a stop.

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