Essential to a premier museum are spaces for lectures, films, concerts, and public discussion. These types of
events introduce our visitors to Dali's inventiveness and irreverence. The Dali Museum is dedicated to providing
our visitors with programming that clarifies and complements the experience of art. For more information on our
public programming, please visit the Calendar.
The focal point of the first floor is the stunning helical staircase that coils up two and three-quarters rotations
from the base of the ticket counter. The helical staircase reaches 75-feet at its highest point. The helical staircase
is an architectural homage to Dali's fascination with DNA, of which Dali said that its discovery proves the divine
nature of life.
The Theater, Raymond James Community Room, Student Classroom, Store, and
Café Gala are also located on the first floor. The Dali's first floor
amenities are open to the public without the purchase of an admissions ticket.
The 95-seat theater has splendid acoustics and is the perfect setting for the Dali's Our Town conversations, Dali &
Beyond Film Series and Dali & Science Lecture Series. The Raymond James Community Room is the Dali's multi-purpose room,
serving as a space for conferences, open forums, special events, visual and musical performances, and lectures. The
student classroom welcomes children with educational puzzles, videos, and lessons that evoke a playful spirit of
The Dali Museum Store is a tribute to the imagination and broad interests of Dali. From fragrances designed by Dali,
to books by the museum's scholars and other authorities, to tee shirts, posters, calendars, and wines from Dali's
homeland, each item for sale in the store tells a story about Dali and his world. Most items available for purchase
in the store are unique to the museum, and provenance cards tell the story of each Dali work from which an item is
The curve of the bar and the art deco contemporary chairs of Café Gala bring to mind the design sophistication of
Barcelona. Dali collaborated with Maxim's of Paris on an elaborate cookbook, which he named, "Les Diners de Gala,"
in honor of his wife, Gala. Café Gala is open during regular museum hours.