Montebelo Vista Alegre Ílhavo Hotel
📍 R. dos Alámos, 3830-292 Ílhavo
Montebelo Vista Alegre Ílhavo Hotel was born from the desire to enhance and promote the universal value of the assets of Vista Alegre company and its multiple manifestations: industrial, social, cultural, technological, artistic and human.
GUIDED MUSEUM VISIT:
The Vista Alegre Museum
It has been a tradition of the factory to preserve and keep the memory of the Vista Alegre’s artistic porcelain production alive, inherent in the prestige achieved by the brand during the 19th century. Although the best pieces have been collected since the beginning of production, the first organised museum appeared only in 1947 and it was housed in the palace, near the Capela da Vista Alegre.
Between 2014 and 2016 the Museu Vista Alegre underwent major improvements, which included the rehabilitation of the existing building and the expansion of the exhibiting spaces, including the integration of two old ovens of the company in the reception area of the museum to make them stand out.
The new museum intends to show the factory’s history, the aesthetic evolution of porcelain production and its significance in Portuguese society of the 19th and 20th centuries through one of the most complete museum collections of that kind, made up of more than 30 000 pieces.