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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 in the United States where Salvador Dali lived and painted. While living in the Monterey Peninsula during the 1940’s, 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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Admission & Hours

Sunday-Thursday from 10am-5pm & Friday-Saturday 10am-7pm

Closed: November 24th, December 25th, and January 1st

Closed at 3pm: December 24th

Closed at 5pm: December 31st

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Dali17 at the Museum of Monterey will celebrate the 75th anniversary of "A Surrealistic Night in an Enchanted Forest," a costumed fundraiser for refugee artists hosted by Salvador Dalion September 2nd, 1941 at the Del Monte Hotel in Monterey. The legendary surrealistic evening was attended by guests such as Bob Hope and Gloria Vanderbilt, and included animals from the San Francisco zoo, bizarre decorations, and costumes inspired by dreams, primitive animals and the people of the forest.

The 75th anniversary celebration will take place on Friday, October 28th and will feature live entertainment, dinner and an afterparty. Halloween and surrealistic costumes encouraged!

Memory Garden
From 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM.
The main event be held at the Memory Garden and will recreate a A Surrealistic Night in an Enchanted Forest with catered dinner, drinks, and live music entertainment. Please meet at Dali17 for check-in.

After Party
From 9:30 PM to 11:30 PM.
The after party will feature exciting live entertainment inside the collection at Dali17.

Speaker Series

Please join Dali17 in the launch of our speaker series. All lectures begin at 6pm, lasting approximately 45 minutes with time for questions at the end. We recommend arriving early to view the collection before the lecture begins. Starting at 5pm a discounted ticket price of $16 will be available for purchase at the admission desk.

Saturday, October 1: Salvador Dali on the Monterey Peninsula (1941-1948)
Like many artists before and since, Salvador Dali found the Monterey Peninsula inspiring; he made it his primary residence in the 1940s, during and immediately after World War II. Pebble Beach Company Historian Neal Hotelling will discuss Dali’s life and work in California. Hotelling’s historic research on the Spanish Surrealist, supplemented by Julian P. Graham photography from the Pebble Beach Company Lagorio Archive, will document many of the significant works created during the years Salvador and Gala Dali lived and worked at the world famous resort.

Saturday, October 22: Salvador Dali: “I am Surrealism”
Video artist and film scholar Frederick Nelson explores Dali’s true relationship with surrealism and the surrealists framed in part by his sojourns into film and his collaborations with Luis Buñuel. Frederick will explore the legacy and impact of those relationships.

Apply to become a speaker!
We are looking for passionate individuals to share their knowledge and experience. To apply, fill out our application below.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes this exhibition unique?

The exhibition is the largest collection of Dali’s art on the West Coast and features over 300 originals. Did you know that Monterey was the only place in the United States where Dali lived and worked? The exhibition reintroduces Dali’s local history and is the only collection to showcase photographs from Dali’s fundraiser party A Surrealistic Night in an Enchanted Forest at the old Del Monte Hotel in Monterey.

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.

Why is it called Dali17?

Dali17 captures Dali’s history living on the old 17 Mile Drive, where he stayed at the old Del Monte Hotel.

Where is the Maritime and Museum of Monterey collection now?

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

Where can I park?

Parking is available at the Waterfront Lot, Marina Lot, and Depot Lot, off of Del Monte Avenue and Lighthouse Avenue. Additional parking can be found closer to Downtown Monterey at the East and West Garage, off of Del Monte Ave.

More Questions? Contact Us


Phone: 831-372-2608

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