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Dali Museum Barcelona – Tickets, Tours, and Tips

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For centuries Figueres was a sleepy coastal town, that is, until the Dali Museum Barcelona was born.

This sleepy town’s favourite son would become the most revolutionary artist of the 20th century. In the process, he would change his hometown, Barcelona, and eventually the world. 

Today, over 3,700 tourists a day make the 40-minute trek from Barcelona to the museum bearing his namesake: the Dalì Museum Figueres.

Let me show you how to visit the Dali Museum!

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the entrance of the dali museum barcelona, in figueres

The Dalí Theatre and Museum

Imagine attending your favourite theatre as a young boy and eventually showing your first art exhibition there. But Dali didn’t stop there. In fact, he converted it into his very own museum in 1974 before finally being buried in a crypt under the stage.

That was the force that was Salvador Dalí.

This incredible theatre-turned-museum was actually destroyed by fire during the Spanish Civil War. It was then that Dalí chose to house the largest collection of his works there, saying:

“I want my museum to be a single block, a great surrealist object where the people who come to see it will leave with the sensation of having had a theatrical dream.”

It’s now the largest surrealist object in the world and one of the top day trips from Barcelona.

What’s Inside the Dali Museum near Barcelona?

Dalí was involved in its construction, converting every detail of the museum into a work of art.

The building facade, patio, rooms, stairs and furniture all recall surrealist Dalì – look for the face of Mae West in his anamorphic living room installation.

Among the works of art housed by the Dalì Museum Figueres, you’ll find pieces spanning every decade of his career:

  • Port Alguer (1924).
  • The Spectre of Sex-Appeal (1932).
  • Portrait of Gala with Two Chops Balanced on Her Shoulder (1933).
  • Soft Self-Portrait with Grilled Bacon (1941).
  • Galarina (1944-45).
  • The Basket of Bread (1945).
  • Galatea of the Spheres (1952).

You’ll also get mechanical devices, sculptures, optical illusions, nude figurines, three-dimensional collages, and an installation inside an automobile inspired by Rainy Taxi.

It’s a fascinating museum much appreciated by visitors who have made the Dalì Theatre Museum Figueres the second most visited museum in Spain after the Prado in Madrid.

a woman checks out an exhibit at the dali museum near barcelona

Buying Dali Museum Tickets

Entrance + Girona + Bus Package from Barcelona

The cheapest and most convenient Dalì Museum from Barcelona ticket is bought directly from Barcelona Turisme.

This eliminates the hassle of buying bus/train tickets and waiting in line at the museum. You’ll just have to print out the vouchers, show up, and let them take care of the rest.

In addition to the museum, you’ll also get a guided tour of historic Girona, the second-largest city in Catalonia.

The city is characterized by its Jewish Quarter and a unique mix of Roman, Gothic, and Baroque architectural styles.

All in all, this tour includes:

  • Return bus ticket from/to central Barcelona
  • Fast track entrance to the Dali Museum
  • An introductory tour of the Dali Museum
  • A walking tour of historic Girona
  • An English, Spanish, and Catalan-speaking guide to accompany you

The cost of the ticket is €73.80 for adults and €54.00 for children eight and under.

If you book directly with the official tourism board (Barcelona Turisme) using the button below, you get 10% off tickets: a savings of €8.20 per ticket.

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Barcelona to Figueres day trip info

  • Tours from 11/14/22 to 03/26/23: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8:30 am.
  • Tours from 03/27/23 to 10/01/2023: from Tuesday to Sunday at 8:30 am.
  • The bus included in the pack leaves from the Estació del Nord.
  • You’ll be able to visit the museum between 12:00 and 15:00.
  • Visits are not available on Mondays and December 25th, and January 1st.
  • In high season (June, July, and August), you can get a guided tour completely free.

Salvador Dalì Museum Admission

Looking to make your way to Figueres independently? It’s still highly recommended to book your basic entrance tickets in advance – I’ve heard of people travelling all that way only to be turned away.

These general admission tickets also include a viewing of Dalì’s jewelry collection.

The prices are as follows:

  • Adults: €21.00.
  • Children: free for children under 9 years old.
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How to Get to the Dalì Museum From Barcelona

Barcelona to Dalì Museum Train

The train from Barcelona to the Dalì Museum takes between 1 hour and 40 minutes (MD) and 2 hours and 20 minutes (Regional). From the Figueres train station to the Theatre Museum is about a 12-minute walk.

You can check train schedules here by selecting “Barcelona (Todas)” to “Figueres.”

To get this train, you’ll need to board at either Estaciò de Sants or Barcelona El Clot-Arago.

One-way tickets vary between €11.00 and €16.00 depending on the train. Some can be bought in advance online using the link above, while some can only be bought at the station.

Barcelona to Figueres Day Trip by Bus

To take the bus from Barcelona to the Dalì Museum, you’ll need to board it at the Estaciò del Norte, just a stone’s throw from Arc de Triumf metro and Ciutadella Park.

The Sagales-run bus goes 5-6 times daily and takes two and a half hours.

Check the Barcelona-Figueres bus schedule online on the Sagales website.

The bus can either drop you off at the Figueres train station (a 12-minute walk) or right at the Salvador Dalì Museum.

Again, since a one-way bus ticket to Figueres costs €20.00, it’s a much better deal to get the package ticket offered by Tiqets above.

Driving From Barcelona to Figueres By Rental Car

This is a great option if you’re considering a city escape up the majestic Costa Brava. Take Highway P7 north out of Barcelona towards La Jonquera and exit at Figueres or Nacional II (Barcelona-França).

The car journey is about 140 km (85 miles). From here, head to the centre of the city or trust your GPS.

The exact address is Plaça Gala i Salvador Dalí, 5, 17600 Figueres, Girona, Spain.

ETA: an hour and thirty minutes.

Cost: €20.00-€25.00 in gas + car rental price.

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Dalì Museum Hours

When planning your trip to the Dalì Museum from Barcelona, it’s important to keep in mind that the last admittance is 45 minutes before closing.

The exhibition rooms close 15 minutes before the official closing time.

  • November to February: from 10:30 to 18:00.
  • March and October: from 9:30 to 18:00.
  • April to September: from 9:00 to 20:00.

Careful: the Theatre Museum is closed every Monday from October 1st to May 31st (except open holidays March 26th, April 10th and 17th, and May 1st and 8th), December 25th, and January 1st.

There are also special nighttime openings which are still TBA for 2023. It usually takes place in late July and early August.

Open daily in June, July, August, and September.

For more information, consult the official page.

Dalì Museum Accessibility/Restrictions

Unfortunately, much of the Dalì Museum Barcelona is difficult for Barcelona travellers with reduced mobility owing to its position on the ruins of an old theatre.

The portions of the museum adapt for wheelchair users are the central courtyard, the stage, the key works of Dalí’s Treasure Room, the under-stage area, and the ground floor with painter’s crypt, drawings, and engravings.

For disabled access, head to the Gala Dalí Square by the terrace bars.

In addition, the following restrictions apply:

  • Flash photography or tripods are not permitted.
  • Groups of 25+ must book in advance.
  • Backpacks, strollers/prams, and other luggage are not permitted.
  • Smoking, eating, and drinking are forbidden.
  • The museum reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone.
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Dalí Museum Barcelona FAQs

  • Are there any temporary exhibitions at the Dalí Museum Barcelona?

    Yes, there are usually two different ones so you may want to take a look at the temporary exhibitions before buying your tickets.

  • What exactly is the Dalí Jewels exhibition?

    It’s a collection of 39 jewels and the 27 drawings by Dalí that inspired them 1941 to 1970. This collection can be visited independently for a price of €7.00 (€5.00 reduced). It’s included in regular admission.

  • Is there a bag check at the Dalí Museum?

    Yes, there is a free left-luggage area but keep in mind you will not be allowed to check in valuables or fragile objects like computers, passports, money, cameras etc. Leave them at your holiday apartment.

  • Can I visit the Dalí Theatre Museum at night?

    Yes, you can visit the Dalí Theatre Museum at night, but only between late July and early September. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday there are English tours that go from 10:30 pm to 1:00 am. Check for more info on night tours here.

  • How do I get from France to Figueres?

    Take the A9 motorway (Perpignan-La Jonquera) then Nacional II until Figueres.

  • Is it worth going to Dalí Museum from Barcelona?

    Absolutely! Visiting the Dalí Museum from Barcelona is an experience you don’t want to miss. The museum, located in Figueres, Catalonia, is a surreal and captivating tribute to the genius of Salvador Dalí, one of the most renowned artists of the 20th century.

    From Barcelona, it’s a relatively short and convenient trip to reach the museum. Whether you’re an art aficionado or simply curious about Dalí’s imaginative world, the museum offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in his extraordinary works.

  • How to get to Dali Theater Museum from Barcelona?

    To get to the Dalí Theatre-Museum from Barcelona, you have a few transportation options. Firstly, you can simply drive using the AP-7 highway towards Figueres. You can also take a 2-hr bus from Barcelona to Figueres from Estaciò del Norte.

    And lastly, you can take a 1.5-2hr train from Sants Station towards Figueres-Vilafant, which is the fastest and most convenient option. The museum is a short walk from the station.

one of Dali's famous works at the dali museum near barcelona

Salvador Dalì Biography

“I don’t take drugs, I am the drug” – Salvador Dalì

Dalì was born on May 11, 1904, in Figueres, a few months after the death of his older brother (who the artist claimed to be a reincarnation of). He had a troubled relationship with his father, a tough and authoritarian man, which hindered any career progress or training of the child.

Thanks to his mother, Dalì could attend the Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid, where he was expelled after declaring that no one was good enough to teach him anything.

He then moved to Paris, where he met Picasso and fell in love with his wife Gala, who willingly participated in the odd public appearances of her husband. During the Second World War, he moved with his wife to New York, where he met Amanda Leer, with whom he had an affair for many years.

After eight years, he returned to Catalunya, where he died in 1989. He was buried in Figueres, in the Theatre Museum dedicated to him.

Still Wondering How to Visit the Dalì Museum from Barcelona?

If there’s something you still need to know about the Dalì Museum Barcelona, make sure you ask me in the comments below – and remember, I’m here to answer any Barcelona holiday question, no matter how stupid 😉

Also, don’t be afraid to share your Dalì Museum experiences; the more information, the better!

Happy travels 🙂

24 comments
  • August 15, 2019 at 9:43 pm
    Eddie
    Is there any discount ot a free entrance for certified guides?
    • August 16, 2019 at 10:07 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      There appears only to be discounts for students and seniors, however I would get in contact with them just to make sure: https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/dali-foundation/the-dali-foundation/departaments-i-contacte/ Cheers, Ash
      • August 16, 2019 at 1:15 pm
        Eddie
        Thank you!
        • August 17, 2019 at 9:49 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          No problem! :)
  • May 25, 2019 at 7:14 pm
    Kaushik Chhotani
    Hi Ash, I was looking at booking the Dali+Girona tour from Tourisme Barcelona. The price seems to be the most reasonable of all. Thanks for pointing us to this. Regarding the Girona part, do you know if the tour includes the Game of Thrones? A friend was recommending that it was a must see since the guides would bring up the episodes on their iPads and show the locales and how they were modified for the sets. Could you let me know? Thanks! Regards, Kaushik
    • May 27, 2019 at 9:31 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Kaushik, This tour will cover some small points on GOT but by no means is it the focus of the tour... the focus is the role of Girona in Catalan culture, the Jewish Quarter, and the bridges and colourful/unique houses. There are separate tours for GOT which go really in depth and this is perhaps what your friend was referring to? Unfortunately I haven't been on any of them and to be honest... I haven't seen even one second of the show! I'd check out a site like Tripadvisor for more info on this, should you need it. Cheers, Ash
  • May 13, 2019 at 2:36 pm
    Jacqueline Yen
    Hello, My friend & I (2 Adults) wish to join GUIDED TOUR OF GIRONA + THE DALÌ MUSEUMon on Sunday June 2nd 2019, with Euro 72 each person. Would you please advising the cancellation & refund policy? We will be paying with our master card. Your attention of this inquiry is very much appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you soon. with kind regards, Jacqueline
    • May 14, 2019 at 1:19 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello Jacqueline, After you have made your purchase you can cancel and change your ticket up to 48 hours before your arranged visit :) If you've done it on time you're entitled to a full refund. Cheers, Ash
  • May 9, 2019 at 2:40 pm
    Erin L
    Hi! Thank you so much for this! Question about bus v. train to get to Figueres. I am traveling with 8 people total (1 one-year-old, 2 60+ year olds in good shape, the rest in 20s/30s). I like that the bus + museum entrance package is easy for booking and all that but since the bus is a bit longer, is the trip manageable for a group like this (particularly the one-year-old)? I know the parents are a bit anxious about traveling with her and inconveniencing other people if she cries, has to be changed, etc. Is there a bathroom on the bus if necessary? On the train? Sorry about these highly specific questions, just trying to make sure everyone I'm bringing along is comfortable!
    • May 10, 2019 at 8:14 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Erin, No problem at all about the highly specific questions... this is why I am here! You'll be happy to know that the bus and (at least to my knowledge) the train both have toilets which is a huge plus. At the end of the day it'll be more comfortable traveling this way than the flight you use to arrive so I don't see any problems here. I wouldn't worry about it too much... I have heard of many families doing this trip and haven't heard any complaints. In fact with a one year old usually they're not as bad as 3 and 4 year olds which can't sit still etc. Should be fine :) And good on them for wanting to travel and see the world with a child! Ash
    • May 9, 2019 at 4:41 pm
      Erin L
      Not to reply to my own thing before you even get to reply but the mother of the one-year-old just told me the bus trip is too long so we're stuck with the train. Is there a skip-the-line museum entrance ticket that doesn't include transfer since we have to buy the train stuff separately? I can't find anything on the ticketbar website but maybe through someone else?
      • May 10, 2019 at 8:16 pm
        ashley
        Team Member
        Ash
        Oops! Was a little quick on the draw responding to your last message... Yes, there is skip the line access buying the tickets individually directly from the museum. You can find them here.
  • February 10, 2019 at 11:26 pm
    Ritzel
    So we can only choose between visiting the Dali museum or go to Montserrat. Which one?
    • February 11, 2019 at 12:50 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Ritzel, It's a bit of an apples and oranges argument... one is kind of an eccentric trip through the mind of a mad man and the other is a tranquil mountain escape that is something akin to a pilgrimage. You may want to ask yourself which you're more in need of at the moment ;) As far as something truly unique I would say Montserrat simply because there are tons of art museums to see... but that's me! Ash
  • February 5, 2019 at 11:34 am
    Julie Bentley
    Hi, do you think it would be possible to leave a small suitcase in the free left luggage area at the Dali Museum? Thanks
    • February 6, 2019 at 10:25 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Julie, They haven't specified dimensions or anything like that but I imagine for a paying customer a small suitcase should be totally fine :) Let me know how you get on. Ash
  • November 25, 2018 at 1:28 am
    Marsha
    The bus gets to Figueres at 10 but the museum entrance ticket is for 12:30. What do you do in Between?
    • November 25, 2018 at 11:12 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Marsha, I would take a walk up the kill and check out the Castell de Sant Ferran. There are some great views up there and the pamphlet they give you is interesting from a historical standpoint. I'm not sure the hours (Spaniards usually eat lunch around 2) but there's also a surprisingly good restaurant up there. You could grab a drink and coffee there too. Ash
  • April 29, 2018 at 3:16 pm
    HB
    The tickets online do not have the audio tour added. Is it possible to buy an audio tour at the museum directly after entrance?
    • April 30, 2018 at 9:12 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi HB, To my knowledge there are no audio guides available at the museum, however my advice would be to take a look online for some audio guide apps. Again, not having used any of them I can't recommend one in particular but it is an option. Ash
  • April 24, 2018 at 6:15 am
    Migdalia
    Hello! Which option will offer a better view? The Girona/Dali Tour you suggested which takes you by bus or the train ride in the Renfe which takes 1 hour and 40 minutes?
    • April 24, 2018 at 11:25 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Migdalia, I haven't taken the train but I can tell you that in general they're better for views, especially winding its way up the Costa Brava through those little mountainous regions. The highways are pretty bog standard and I don't remember anything too exciting ;) Ash
      • August 15, 2023 at 11:57 pm
        Cheryl Moodley
        I believe these is a high speed train that takes an hour travelling between Barcelona Sant or Passeig De Gracia stations to Figueres, Could you kindly provide the official website to book these train tickets and also explain tany significant trip difference of the departure stations. Furthermore where is the drop off at Figueres and can I walk directly from there to the Dali museum. Thank you.
        • August 16, 2023 at 5:37 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hello, As far as I know the high speed train only departs from Sants in Barcelona I would recommend looking for this train on the Renfe website. From the station it's about a 15 minute walk, which should be no trouble :) If you're not up for it there should be plenty of taxis to choose from. Expect to pay about $8 to get there. Cheers,
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