Toy Museum of Catalonia
Little did Josep M ª. Joan Rosa when he decided to open his private collection of old toys in the living room of the Hotel Paris in Figueres, who would become the headquarters of the Toy Museum of Catalonia.
This museum offers a journey through the history of toys from your childhood, your great-grandparents, grandparents and parents, or their children’s theaters miniature cardboard horses, kitchens, Meccano, balls, dolls, spinning tops, tin toys with rope, cars, planes, Scalextric, trains and games for the blind, scooters, tricycles, teddy bears, games Oca, trams, circus, puppets, card games, robots, boats, and many other comrades longed for exciting and imaginative play time of childhood.
Opened in 1982, among the 5,000 exhibits, a collection of over 10,000 games and toys, you can see those who belonged to such well-known as the brothers Ana Maria. and Salvador Dali, Federico García Lorca, Joan Miró, Joan Brossa, Quim Monzo, Ernest Lluch, Antoni Tapies, Salvadour Puig Antic, Pascal Comelade, Terenci Moix, Frederic Amat, Pere Casaldàliga …
Also you can visit an area dedicated to the twenty early years of the life of Salvador Dali, with his toys, postcards and photographs moving the family album, and the room is all for Touch, where you can relive the moments of play as children.
The Dalí Theatre-Museum, inaugurated in 1974, was built on the remains of the former Theatre of Figueres had suffered a fire and was completely abandoned. It contains a wide range of works spanning the artistic career of Salvador Dalí (1904-1989). We found a collection of works ranging from his earliest artistic experiences and his surrealist creations, to the works of the last years of his life.
Some of the highlights are set out Alghero Port (1924), The Spectre of Sex Appeal (1932), Soft Self Portrait with Fried Bacon (1941), Poetry of America – The Cosmic Athletes (1943), Galerina (1994 to 1945 ), the Basket of Bread (1945), Atomic Leda (1949) and Galatea of the Spheres (1952).
Also noteworthy is the set of works by the artist specifically for the Theatre-Museum, such as the Mae West room, the Palace of the Wind room, Monument to Francesc Pujols and the Rainy Cadillac.
The Dalí Theatre-Museum has to be seen as a whole, as the great work of Salvador Dalí, as it was conceived and designed by the artist to offer visitors a real experience to delve into his captivating and unique world.
It is obviously the visit in Figueres, which can be complemented with the exhibition of jewelry designed by him and who are exposed at Torre Galatea.
Besides you can make a tour of different places he frequented the city and stops at our restaurant to visit the Celler de Ca la Teta, which always came, and where he had many memories of when he was little.
You can see photographs and memorabilia that the artist gave to his friend and owner Luis Duran and also talk to people who served him and treated him personally, all very unique experience that very few are aware.
House Museum Salvador Dali in Portlligat
distance 26,9 km
The Portlligat Museum-House was Salvador Dalí’s only fixed abode, the place in which he usually lived and worked up till 1982 when, upon Gala’s death, he took up residence at Púbol Castle.
Salvador Dalí moved to Portlligat in 1930, into a small fisherman’s hut, attracted by the landscape, the light and the isolation of the place. Taking that initial construction as a basis, he created his house little by little over the course of forty years. He himself described it “like a true biological structure […]. Each new pulse in our life has its own new cell, a room”.
The resulting form is the present labyrinthine structure which, from one point of departure, the Bear Lobby, spreads out and winds around in a succession of zones linked by narrow corridors, slight changes of level and blind passageways.
Packed out with a multitude of objects and mementoes of Dalí, these zones are decorated with features that make them particularly warm: carpets, whitewash, dried flowers, velvet upholstery, antique furniture, stuffed animals, etc. Furthermore, all the rooms have windows of different shapes and proportions framing the same landscape that is a constant point of reference in Dalí’s work: the Portlligat bay.
Three different areas can be distinguished in the house: the part where the couple’s more private life was lived, on the ground floor; the studio, with numerous objects related with artistic activity; and the outside areas, designed to live a public life.
The visit to the house-museum is undertaken in restricted-size groups (up to eight people), with entry of each group every ten minutes from the stated opening time.
Reservations must always be made in advance to visit Salvador Dalí house in Portlligat. That applies to all types of visitor. The reservation can be made by phoning 972 25 10 15
On the visit day, you must pick up your ticket 30 minutes before the hour stated. Late arrival means that you will lose the right to enter the museum and your ticket will be sold.
The road is 40 km far from Figueres to Portlligat and may take more than one hour. In summer it may even take longer because of the wavy and busy road.
Bear this in mind so as to be in time to pick up your ticket half an hour before your booking.
The visit is not guided.
The visit takes about 50 minutes.