A Day at The Dalí with Young Ones

Written by Harriet Monzon-Aguirre | January, 2022

William pointing out the smaller repeat within the painting of Salvador Dalí's "Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea
which at Twenty Meters Becomes the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln-Homage to Rothko

The day before school started I thought what shall I do with the kids? We are spoilt for choice really. Do we go to a park or playground; wildlife center or butterfly garden? My answer - “Let’s go on another trip to a museum.” Most of the art museums my young ones and I haven't seen were closed on Monday, so we planned a trip to The Dalí Museum. From past experiences and knowing The Dalí Museum ia a mecca for art enthusiasts, we were prepared.

Firstly we scheduled a time slot to visit and purchased tickets ahead of time. I deliberately chose an earlier time of the day between morning snack and lunch so I wouldn’t have fussy companions. After parking, we headed over to the entrance. I purposefully left the stroller in the car because even though the museum allows push strollers, it is a bit stressful navigating the spaces and worrying about bumping into or blocking other people. Thomas the toddler had to be held by hand or hoisted on my hip, and our backpack had to be locked in storage. My advice to parents or caregivers that visit - make sure to pack a smaller backup bag for essentials.

We slowly hiked up the helix stairways at Thomas’ pace and reached the main exhibition site. I was more prepared this time by having sketchbooks for the older of my two young ones. Madeline immediately walked over to “The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus”, sat down and started sketching. I tried to explain to William the double-image within "Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea which at Twenty Meters Becomes the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln-Homage to Rothko but he did not see it and instead showed me the smaller version of the painting repeated in a square.

Madeline sketching by Salvador Dalí's "The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus

Madeline and William sketching at The Dalí Museum

Madeline and William continuing to sketch in The Root Contemplation Area

We paused to admire the details of more paintings and then interestingly enough, Madeline found The Root Contemplation Area which I had never seen before but was very quiet and relaxing. The kids sat down and sketched some more. After reflecting we went downstairs and spent some time in the education room. Crayons, paper punchers, wire moustaches, the kids enjoyed this area immensely. Madeline was very proud of her creations and the ability to add them to the hanging collection.

From there we entered a theatre and sat in front row seats as we watched a video which clarified for William the double-image.”I see it, I see it!” He exclaimed quite loudly. “Wonderful,” I whispered. “Remember others are trying to watch.” After the video ended we headed for the Avant-garden.

By far this was my trio’s favorite part of the museum. They hatched out of an egg, climbed luscious lips, and added wristbands to the Wish Tree. William even remembered the spiral on the paving stones showing the Fibonacci sequence from our visit 4 years ago, and we ended our day with a final reading about the golden ratio. Did the visit really take the whole day? Well we were there for only an hour and a half, but as I imagine Salvador Dalí would have wanted it, time is fluid.

William punching holes in the educational activity room

Thomas climbing the Lip bench in the Avant-garden

William and Madeline hatching from an egg in the Avant-garden

Me, Maddie and William visiting The Dalí Museum 4 years ago

William tracing the spiral in The Avant-garden
4 years ago

Melting clock on a bench. Time is fluid.