The Museum of Monterey underwent a major change this summer, becoming Dali17 — the new home of a private collection of more than 570 works of art by Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali.

While you’re likely familiar with Dali’s curlycue mustache and famous melting clocks, not many outside the art world know that Dali lived and painted in Monterey during the 1930s and 40s. In fact, Monterey was the only place outside of Spain where the surrealist artist ever painted, and the new museum name is a reference to the original 17-mile drive that once began at Hotel Del Monte, where Dali stayed during his time on the West Coast.

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