Dali Museum Avant-garden, Wish Tree

A Celebration of Wishes at The Dalí

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December 9, 2021 @ 10:00am 8:00pm

Join us this holiday season as we celebrate the power of a wish. In conjunction with the launch of the Museum’s new original publication Wishes from The Dalí Museum Wish Tree, we will host a variety of activities at the Museum to commemorate the wishes shared with us over the years, while imagining new ones for the future.

Visitors are invited to enjoy:

  • A wish reading ceremony at 11:11am featuring a variety of readers sharing simple and heartfelt hopes and wishes from the last decade. Plus, the Museum’s Executive Director, Dr. Hank Hine and other community leaders will share wishes for the future. Capacity is limited, register here.
  • Pop-up tours of the Avant-garden (10:30am, 1:30pm) & building architecture (12:30pm, 3:30pm). No registration required.
  • A special holiday photo op in the Avant-garden.
  • Wish-sharing at pop-up stations in the Avant-garden and Stavros Education Classroom.
  • A first look at Wishes from The Dalí Museum Wish Tree, available exclusively at The Dalí Museum Store.
  • Half-off adult admission after 5pm – visitors after 5pm can also enjoy live music from the St. Pete Sax Quartet in the Avant-garden, special offerings from Café Gala, tarot card readings and a spectacular evening view of the illuminated Wish Tree.
  • Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Share your wishes and stories — be sure to tag #TheDali.

All activities are included with Museum admission; First floor tickets are also available for activities in the garden.

Online timed tickets are available here.


Wishes from The Dali Museum's Wish Tree, a publication

Wishes from The Dalí Museum Wish Tree is available exclusively at the Museum Store beginning on December 9, 2021. In time for the holidays, the book is a compilation of 250 simple and heartfelt hopes and wishes from the last decade placed on the beloved Wish Tree in the Museum’s Avant-garden. The retail price of the book is $24.95.


About the Museum’s Wish Tree

Within The Dalí’s Avant-garden lives the Museum’s beautiful Wish Tree. A Ficus, with its compound trunk and drooping branches, appears to be a tree designed by Dalí, a botanical equivalent of Dalí’s soft watches, a melting tree. It embodies the transformation which Dalí’s works often speak of.

The tradition of the Wish Tree extends back to ancient Scottish rites. The tree is the vertical axis connecting heaven and earth, the axis mundi. It is logical that a museum, a place full of ideas and images, would incite expressions of our hopes. It feels natural to whisper a wish to such a tree.

Onto the branches of the Wish Tree, our visitors prepare their hopes and wishes, simple and heartfelt, and tie them to the tree’s whimsical ribbons and strings. The Wish Tree was dedicated by the St. Petersburg Mayor in July 2011 with a wish for an undivided city and has become a beloved feature of The Dalí Museum within the Tampa Bay community.