The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
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Travel back in time and discover the history of the the Potteries, including the world's greatest collection of Staffordshire ceramics.

See Reginald Mitchell's World War 2 Spitfire and all sorts of art and craft.

Enjoy a light lunch or afternoon snack in our relaxing Café Museum and browse in The Foyer Shop for unique quality cards, gifts, books and souvenirs of the Potteries.

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

Admission charges


The entire collection of the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Discover the story of Stoke-on-Trent's people, industry, products and landscapes through displays of pottery, community history, archaeology, geology and wildlife. Explore rich and diverse collections of paintings, drawings, prints, costume and glass.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Photography, Personalities, Natural Sciences, Literature, Land Transport, Industry, Fine Art, Design, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • 20th – 21st Century studio pottery
  • Contemporary ceramics
  • Minton wares
  • Staffordshire Figures
  • Printed pottery
  • Early 19th century porcelain
  • 18th century stonewares
  • 18th century lead-glazed wares
  • 17th and 18th century slipwares
  • Near Eastern and Islamic ceramics
  • Italian maiolica
  • Contemporary art and craft
  • Grayson Perry
  • Gavin Turk
  • Jacqui Poncelet
  • 20th century british painting
  • Slade School
  • Scottish Colourists
  • British Surrealists
  • Conroy Maddox
  • Eileen Agar
  • War Artists’ Advisory Committee
  • Prints
  • Nineteenth century French prints
  • Eduard Manet
  • Toulouse Lautrec
  • Degas
  • Nineteenth century Japanese woodcuts
  • Henry Moore
  • Laura Knight
  • designers
  • Grete Marks
  • Gordon Forsyth
  • Contemporary artists
  • Terry Shave
  • Stephen Boyd
  • David Jones
  • John Constable
  • Watercolours
  • drawings
  • JMW Turner
  • Samuel Palmer
  • Francis Towne
  • Louis Solon drawings
  • Sir Charles Barry
  • busts
  • Jacob Epstein
  • Rodin
  • lace
  • dolls
  • jewellery
  • Wendy Ramshaw
  • Zandra Rhodes
  • Glass
  • silver
  • cowcreamers
  • Furniture
  • Japanese jade
  • ivory
  • Japanese woodcuts.
  • Spitfire mark XVI
  • R.J. Mitchell
  • Photographic collection
  • glass plates
  • negatives
  • transperencies
  • 20th century community history
  • Arnold Bennett
  • papers
  • diaries
  • Transport memorabilia
  • postcards
  • tickets
  • Oliver Lodge
  • Igniter
  • Industrial history
  • machinery
  • tools
  • Post-medieval ceramics
  • Roman
  • Lightwood Hoard
  • Iron age
  • gold torcs
  • gold
  • Saxon pottery
  • Bronze age
  • sword
  • medieval
  • pre-history
  • gold bracelet
  • roman silver
  • roman coins
  • coins
  • natural history
  • Botanical collections
  • plants
  • fungi
  • Charles Darwin
  • geology
  • rocks
  • minerals
  • fossils
  • Zoology
  • animals
  • beetles
  • bird eggs
  • butterflies
  • moths
  • snails
  • Environmental recording
  • Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
  • Wedgwood
  • Spode
  • Mintons
  • Royal Doulton
  • Designated Collection
  • The Staffordshire Hoard
  • Saxon
  • Tudor
  • Stuart
  • Prehistoric
  • Anglo-Saxon
  • Gold
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Mini Museum

Mini Museum

  • 9 December 2017 — 3 June 2018 *on now

Reflecting all the collections held by the museum, this family friendly exhibition will be asking visitors what their favourite objects are and how they would like to see them displayed.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Stories on the Mantelpiece - Victorian Religious Figures

  • 24 March — 1 July 2018 *on now

In the 19th century the Staffordshire potters produced many figures of religious subjects, from preachers to biblical scenes from the Old and New Testaments. This display, drawn from a private collection and the museum’s own pieces examines the rise of these popular figures in the Victorian period.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Creative Rage

Creative Rage

  • 28 April — 2 September 2018

Creative Rage is a group show of artists exploring themes of bravery, aggression and trailblazing combative non-conformity. The three generations of artists in this exhibition are proud, committed and uncompromising members of the progressive LGBTQ artistic community and create work that is powerful and flamboyant, liberating and often witty as well as visually startling. Works on display include paintings, photography, print and ceramics. Tickets £5, Concessions £3, exhibition not suitable for under 16’s.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


Tickets £5, Concessions £3, exhibition not suitable for under 16’s.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Ozzy Owl

Easter Trail

  • 1 — 30 April 2018 *on now

Complete the trail and find out what Ozzy Owl loves to eat at Easter. £1 per trail and includes a free pencil.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6


£1 per trail and includes a free pencil.


St George


  • 22 April 2018 11am-3:30pm

Many moons ago, George slayed a huge angry dragon, became a hero and a knight, then found a lonely orphaned egg! Realising his terrible mistake, Saint George put down his sword and devoted his life to raising the parentless baby. Meet them both as we celebrate St George’s Day at the museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Clay Dino

Craft Activity - Clay Dinosaur

  • 5 May 2018 11am-3pm

Make your own prehistoric dinosaur from clay to take home.
Drop in 11am -3pm £1.50

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10


Drop in 11am -3pm £1.50



T-Rex – King of the Dinosaurs

  • 5 May 2018 11am-4pm

Get ready to travel back in time with a real walking, growling animatronic T-Rex, the Dinosaur that was truly feared by all.

The live dinosaur show is for people of all ages, with stunningly realistic animatronic puppetry to bring you a dinosaur encounter like no other. The 30 minute T-Rex dinosaur shows will be at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Tickets are Adults £3, Children £2, Family ticket ( 2 adults and up to 3 children ) £10. Due to anticipated high demand these tickets must be booked and paid for in advance by calling 01782 232323.

Along with the show there will be a display of life like dinosaur models which include a Stegosaurus and Triceratops, as well as dinosaur bones and eggs. Visitors can also interact with a variety of real life prehistoric animals including cockroaches, scorpions, spiders, lizards, snakes, snapping turtles and birds.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Tickets are Adults £3, Children £2, Family ticket ( 2 adults and up to 3 children ) £10. Due to anticipated high demand these tickets must be booked and paid for in advance by calling 01782 232323.


Oscar Wilde

Afternoon Tea with Oscar Wilde

  • 10 June 2018 1-3pm

Join ‘Don’t go into the Cellar’ theatre company for a chat show with a difference! Enjoy an Afternoon Tea with Oscar Wilde, the celebrated Victorian playwright and wit, as interviews a famous celebrity of the day.

Listen as they share amusing anecdotes of their career in the public spotlight. Expect storytelling, sparkling repartee, improvised comedy, poetry and songs, and lots of audience interaction.

If The Graham Norton Show was set in the 1890s, then it might perhaps be something like this!

Jonathan Goodwin plays Oscar Wilde in a show adapted and written by himself. Philip Jennings plays the Victorian poet, William McGonagall.

Please book in advance, tickets £15 which includes Afternoon Tea. 1pm

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


Please book in advance, tickets £15 which includes Afternoon Tea.


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Loans Boxes

Choose from a range of themed loans boxes to help you with various aspects of the curriculum: Roman, Victorian, Tudor, Second World War, 1940s, Childhood, Toilet Times, Schooldays, Homes & Change, Washday, Natural History.

How to obtain

For further information, please call Amanda Heath on 01782 232323.

Animal Masks (Foundation & KS1)

Study the collection of British wildlife in the Natural History Gallery. Learn about pattern and textures, make and decorate an animal mask. Links to Unit 2B Mother Nature, designer.

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