Aveiro is a pleasant place but not over-endowed with places of major interest. This museum can however hold its own with cultural attractions in many bigger cities. While the life of Princess Joanna (1452-1490) in the convent, and her tomb, is the focus of the museum, the chapel, the rest of the convent, the photographs showing the delapidation of the buildings before restoration, and the paintings and other items on display are fascinating. Even those with little religious belief will learn much about art in Western Europe from the excellent written information provided (in Portuguese and English) beside each painting/object. I was politely but firmly steered from one room to another to ensure that I viewed display items in the correct chronological order! There is a spacious book and gift shop. The café was not open when we visited (but there are several snack bars within 50 metres). The entrance fee of 4 euro seemed very good value.
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