Salvador Dali museum opens

The opening of the new Salvador Dali Museum The opening of the new Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg this January is the latest in a string of splashy arts venues on Florida's west coast. Photo Credit: AP Photo

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A new $36-million museum has opened in St. Petersburg, Fla., and it features a priceless collection of Salvador Dalí's work. The glass and concrete structure replaces the old Dalí Museum, more than doubling the exhibition space. It's considered the world's most comprehensive collection of the artist's work, including 7 of his 18 masterwork paintings.

The building has a striking wave of glass paneling that undulates around the building, a touch designed by architect Yann Weymouth, who had a hand in creating the glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris.

Floridians believe the museum will be the centerpiece of an arts renaissance in the Tampa Bay area, which recently saw the renovation of a new museum of art in Tampa and the opening of a gallery devoted to popular glassmaker Dale Chihuly in St. Petersburg.

Admission is $21 ($7 ages 6-12), details at

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