Disney and Dali Coming to The Dali Museum

This immersive and enriching multi-media exhibition will tell the story of the unlikely alliance between two of the most renowned artists of the twentieth century: brilliantly eccentric Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dali and American entertainment innovator Walt Disney.

Presented through a multimedia wonderland of original paintings, story sketches, conceptual artwork, objects, correspondences, archival film, photographs, and audio – this comprehensive exhibition showcases two vastly different icons who were drawn to each other through their unique personalities, their collaboration on the animated short Destino – which, regrettably to both Disney and Dali was never completed during their lifetimes – and their enduring friendship.


Born three years and half a world apart, both Disney and Dali bore boyhood imaginations grounded in their upbringing in the 1900s, encouraging their lives, careers, and legacies to be paralleled on a profound level. A deeper look into the lives and artistic prominence of the Surrealist and the dreamer—highlighted by hand-written letters and alongside filmed dramatizations and audio re-creations—will show just how alike these two innovators were in blurring the lines between reality and dreams.

“Disney and Dali heralds a new era in art exhibitions,” said Dali Museum Executive Director, Hank Hine. “Visitors can expect a multi-sensory environment of moving image, soundscapes, and the transformative aura of exquisite individual paintings. Disney and Dali broke new ground as artists—the Walt Disney Family Museum and The Dali will deliver a brave new world of experience.”

Exhibit Features

Admission: The Disney exhibit is included in the price of admission.

Audio Guides: FREE audio guides developed for the Disney exhibit are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Educational Program Events: We are offering a host of relevant programs for the Disney exhibit covering a wide range of topics to engage the mind. For an active list of upcoming lectures, films and other special programs, please visit our Calendar of Events.

Members: FREE, unlimited admission to the Disney exhibit. Join Today!

Private Tours: We offer private tours for the Disney exhibit—with advanced reservations—in English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Italian. To learn more or to schedule your tour, please contact groups@thedali.org.

Photography: Photography in the Disney exhibit is not permitted; non-flash photography is permitted in the permanent collection gallery.

Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination is co-organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum and The Dali Museum, with the collaboration of the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation in Figueres, Spain, and The Walt Disney Studios. The exhibition is guest-curated by filmmaker Ted Nicolaou.

Pre-Order your tickets today at TheDali.org.

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