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Dali17 is a permanent exhibition of remarkable and unprecedented art, including original etchings, mixed media, lithographs, and rare sculptures by one of the twentieth century’s premier and most celebrated surrealist artists, Spaniard Salvador Dali.

The name Dali17 ties Dali’s influence and history to the original 17 Mile Drive, where he lived and worked. This is the first permanent Dali exhibition located on the West Coast and the largest private collection on exhibition in the United States. It has previously been exhibited in Spain and Belgium.

Monterey was the only place outside of Spain where Salvador Dali lived and painted in the early 1940’s. While living in the Monterey area, Dali was heavily involved in the social art scene. As an early Carmel Art Association member, he exhibited vintage-sourced photographs and generously gave his time to help jury competitive art exhibitions for high school students throughout California. Dali and his wife Gala stayed at the Hotel Del Monte in 1941 and 1942 and when the Navy took over during WWII they were moved to Cottage Row at the Del Monte Lodge, now the Lodge at Pebble Beach, where they stayed from 1943 to 1948.

Well known throughout the world, Dali drew a wide variety of friends and associates from the art, film and entertainment industries. Celebrities including Walt Disney, Bob Hope, Andy Warhol and Gloria Vanderbilt were pictured at Dali’s parties.

This exhibition centers around the premise to revive Dali’s life story by showcasing his influence locally and capturing the rich history that ties him to the Monterey region.


557 lithographs, etchings and 230 originals


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Frequently Asked Questions

When will Dali17 open?

We are now open! You can check out our hours and admissions section for more information and visit our social media sites to stay current on the latest news.

What makes this exhibition unique?

The exhibition will be the largest collection of Dali’s art on the West Coast and will feature over 300 originals. Did you know that Monterey was the only place in the United States where Dali lived and worked? The exhibition will reintroduce Dali’s local history and will be the only museum to showcase photographs from Dali’s fundraiser Surrealistic Night at Del Monte.

Dali lived in Monterey?

Monterey was the only place in the United States where Dali lived and worked. While the Nazis stormed across Europe, Dali and his wife Gala fled to the U.S. and in July 1941 found refuge at the Hotel Del Monte. While living in the Monterey area, he was heavily involved with the arts. Dali exhibited vintage sourced photographs as an early member of the Carmel Art Association and every May he participated as a juror for the local high school art competition.

What is the meaning of the name Dali17?

The exhibition’s name represents Dali’s relationship with Monterey. The number 17 is a play on the famed 17 Mile Drive where Dali spent a lot of his time.

What’s going to happen to the collection at the old Museum of Monterey?

The majority of the collection will go to San Francisco’s Maritime Museum, while loaned works will return to their owners. A few important pieces that capture Monterey’s rich and important history will remain – including an object Dali himself used!

How can I get in touch?


Phone: 831-372-2608

Address: Dali17 at the Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey CA, 93940