Top Museums and Art Galleries In Portugal ♦ Museums and art galleries are paramount in the development and preservation of a country’s art, culture and history. Usually, these cultural spaces feature several artistic references such as architectural and aesthetic details. They also showcase art collections and exhibitions, that help educating society about the importance of keeping alive the historical and artistic heritage of a country. This is why Secrets From Portugal wanted to bring to you the best museums and art galleries for you to visit during your stay in Portugal.
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The Vista Alegre Museum
The ‘Vista Alegre Museum’ was created with the mission of preserving the industrial heritage of the renowned porcelain and ceramics Portuguese brand. In this museum, visitors are able to understand what influence the brand has had in the market (since the 19th century) while also having access to Vista Alegre’s aesthetic evolution, which is comprised of over 30,000 pieces. All of this makes it one of the more complete museological collections of this genre.
Address: Fábrica de Porcelana da Vista Alegre, Rua da Fábrica da Vista Alegre, 3830-292 Ílhavo Website:https://vistaalegre.com/pt/t/vaa_VisiteMuseudaVistaAlegre_OMuseuVistaAlegre-1
In 2016, ‘Madragoa Gallery’ was inaugurated by Matteo Consonni and Gonçalo Jesus, in Lisbon. Dedicated to contemporary art, the gallery continuously exhibits works of art by national and international artists, such as Adrián Balseca, Sara Chang Yan, Rodrigo Hernández, Luís Lázaro Matos, Belén Uriel, as well as many others.
Address: Rua Machadinho 45, 1200-705 Lisboa
‘Serralves Foundation’ opened its doors in 1989 and is now regarded as one of the most successful cultural institutions in the country, as well as the owner of a rich historical and cultural heritage. It is located in the city of Porto and highlights a wide variety of sectors that go from contemporary art to architecture; landscape design; as well as other themes of public interest. The Serralves Museum was designed by the legendary Portuguese architect, Álvaro Siza Vieira.
Address: Rua Dom João de Castro 210, 4150-417 Porto
Bordalo Pinheiro Museum
The ‘Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro Museum’ is exclusively dedicated to the life and work of one of the greatest Portuguese artists from the 19th century, Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro. His impressive collections of painting, caricatures, and ceramics are all exhibited at the museum. One of the biggest attractions in the museum is the popular cartoon ‘Zé Povinho’.
Address: Campo Grande 382, 1700-097 Lisboa
National Azulejo Museum
The ‘Museu Nacional do Azulejo’ was established with the mission of preserving, studying and promoting two of the most traditional art forms in the country; tiles and ceramics. This exceptional, worldwide reference, also puts a lot of effort into sustaining both the church and other spaces such as the ancient ‘Mosteiro da Madre de Deus’. One of the museum’s main activities is the ceramic lining.
Morada | Address: Rua Me. Deus 4, 1900-312 Lisboa
Foundation Amália Rodrigues
Established by Amália Rodrigues’ testament, the ‘Fundação Amália Rodrigues’ was created in 1999 with the purpose of bringing to fame the amazing talent of Portuguese Fado singers, as well as to promote projects of social solidarity. The sociocultural institution gives guests the opportunity of entering a unique journey through the life and work of one of the greatest Fado singers in our country – Amália Rodrigues.
Address: Rua de São Bento 193, 1200-803 Lisboa
Tapestry of Portalegre Museum
The Tapestry of Portalegre is one of the most original and detailed art forms in Portugal, mainly due to its characteristics as well as innovative techniques. Nestled in the historic centre of the city, the museum was placed inside the ‘Castelo Branco Castle’, a stunning Baroque-style building. One of the main expertise of this art form is to interpret works from other art fields and turn them into a tapestry.
Morada | Address: Rua da Figueira 9, 7300-231 Portalegre
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