The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
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.
Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm
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.
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
- Nineteenth century French prints
- Eduard Manet
- Toulouse Lautrec
- Nineteenth century Japanese woodcuts
- Henry Moore
- Laura Knight
- Grete Marks
- Gordon Forsyth
- Contemporary artists
- Terry Shave
- Stephen Boyd
- David Jones
- John Constable
- JMW Turner
- Samuel Palmer
- Francis Towne
- Louis Solon drawings
- Sir Charles Barry
- Jacob Epstein
- Wendy Ramshaw
- Zandra Rhodes
- Japanese jade
- Japanese woodcuts.
- Spitfire mark XVI
- R.J. Mitchell
- Photographic collection
- glass plates
- 20th century community history
- Arnold Bennett
- Transport memorabilia
- Oliver Lodge
- Industrial history
- Post-medieval ceramics
- Lightwood Hoard
- Iron age
- gold torcs
- Saxon pottery
- Bronze age
- gold bracelet
- roman silver
- roman coins
- natural history
- Botanical collections
- Charles Darwin
- bird eggs
- Environmental recording
- Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
- Royal Doulton
- Designated Collection
- The Staffordshire Hoard
World War One Replica Trench System
- 22 November 2014 — 11 November 2018 *on now
The museum has installed an outdoor replica First World War trench system next to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in the city centre.
It is being created to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the war in 1914 and will offer visitors an atmospheric, thought-provoking understanding of some of the conditions experienced by soldiers on the front line.
Engagement days are planned for both school-age young learners and adults, which will combine activities and displays with science demonstrations. Visitors will be able to learn about life in the trenches, artillery shells, how poison gas was made and even try their hand at making periscopes, which were used to spy on enemy positions.
The trench will be open daily from 11am – 3pm, weather permitting, and will be free to view.
- 23 May — 27 September 2015 *on now
This summer our gloriously colourful family friendly exhibition shows off some of the wonderful animals we have in our various collections at the museum. We have picked objects to make up an alphabet based on animals - from a tiptoeing Armadillo to a ceramic Zebra.
Have fun working your way through the alphabet trail finding the animals we have selected - some you might expect, but some are less obvious. Make up a list of animals that you might have chosen whilst the smaller ones amongst you can dress up as a giraffe.
- Any age
Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago
- 11 July — 13 September 2015 *on now
To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001), this display at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery presents original unseen photographs and material relating to her life and work, illustrated books and early first editions.
Tove Jansson, an accomplished Finnish author and artist, had a life every bit as fascinating as her famous creations, The Moomins. This exhibition draws an intimate portrait of the artist’s life on her private island in the archipelago of Finland, where she regularly spent the summer months with her life partner Tuulikki Pietilä and at her artist studio in Helsinki.
- Any age
Lowry and Berry: Observers of Urban Life
- 25 July 2015 — 10 January 2016 *on now
This special exhibition features works by distinguished artist L.S Lowry and his local counterpart Arthur Berry together for the first time. Revealing the influence one had on the other but also showing their individual styles.
These two working class artists who portrayed the world around them were unpretentious and their work showed the beauty and humour in the everyday.
Lowry in his works chose to portray the ordinary existence of the common man. Berry influenced by Lowry also championed the common man and not only referenced them in his paintings but in his plays and poems.
These two great artists reflect a world that has changed immeasurably but the warmth and emotion with which it captured lives on.
- Any age
Tickets £5, concessions £3.
Dougie Mac presents Expressions of Care
- 1 August — 13 September 2015 *on now
Douglas Macmillan Hospice has teamed up with a number of local schools to capture children’s feelings and emotions towards hospice care. Come along and see how each school has produced their unique pieces of art and how the Dougie Mac is so much more than you think. All children who visit the exhibition will receive a special badge.
- Any age
- 1 — 3 September 2015 *on now
Make a mask of an animal that features in our family friendly Animal Alphabet exhibition.
Visit The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery for an exciting programme of activities and events. We offer fun filled activities for families during the school holidays where you can make something fun to take home. The activities are inspired by our world class collections and temporary exhibitions. When you have finished the activity why not pick up a family trail and explore the galleries.
Museum free, craft activity £1.50
- 4 — 5 September 2015 10:30am-2:30pm
Travel back in time to the fifth century where King Wulf needs you and your family to unite to save the Kingdom of Mercia from the tyranny of famine. This show is a unique family adventure where the audience are the heroes and must solve timed challenges around the museum to save the Anglo-Saxons from starvation. You are tasked to complete a storytelling, visual, memory, physical and mental challenge and collect as much gold as you can to save the kingdom.
- Any age
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.
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.
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