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.

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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
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.
Live Age

Live Age Festival

  • 1 October 2017 10am-4pm

On UK Older People's Day, we celebrate the artistic and creative works of talented, older people from across North Staffordshire. Free workshops and performances showcase the year-round artistic activity which makes up the new Meet Me at Live Age programme, funded by an Arts Council England and Baring Foundation Celebrating Age award. Visit for more details.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Ceramic Values

‘Ceramic Values - Can Ceramics Make a Difference?’

  • 5 — 6 October 2017 9am-5:30pm

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and BCB will be hosting a major international ceramics event in Stoke-on-Trent on 5th and 6th October 2017.
With sessions taking place at both venues, the Ceramics and its Dimensions Congress ‘Ceramic Values - Can Ceramics Make a Difference?’ features presentations and sessions by prominent names from across the world of ceramics, in order to examine the relationship between historic centres of manufacture and contemporary centres of learning, production and consumption.
The two-day Congress, led by Ulster University, is free and open to all who register to attend. Please follow the accompanying link for details of how to register and all other information.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17




  • 14 October 2017 From 11am

Discover the story of Diwali as we celebrate the colourful and vibrant Hindu Festival of Light at the museum with traditional music, dance and craft activities.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Morbid Curiosities

Friday Twilight - ‘Morbid Curiosities ’

  • 20 October 2017 7:30-9:30pm

We welcome back ‘Don’t go into the Cellar’ theatre group for a wonderfully Gothic presentation this Halloween.

Be chilled by the Queens of Victorian horror fiction with their latest theatrical combination of vintage blood-curdlers! This original stage thriller features all-new adaptations of The Yellow Wallpaper, The Old Nurse's Story and John Charrington's Wedding. Allow the ghouls of the nineteenth-century to crawl from their crypts, as they show how the female of the species can be even deadlier than the male...

Theatre performance 7.30 – 9.30pm, please call 01782 232323 to book, tickets £10, concessions £8. Bar opens at 6.30pm serving Halloween cocktails.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Please call 01782 232323 to book, tickets £10, concessions £8.



Welephant and the Fire Engine

  • 23 October 2017 11am-2:30pm

Meet Welephant the Fire Services well-loved mascot as he brings a real Fire Engine to the museum. Discover how this fire appliance works and have your photo taken with the vehicle. Children can also join in with our craft activities. Free, 11am -2pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Bat Hat

Craft Activity - Batty Hats

  • 24 — 26 October 2017

This Halloween season get creative and make a bat inspired hat. Drop-in
10.30am-12.30pm and 1.15 - 3pm, cost £1.50

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10


10.30am-12.30pm and 1.15 - 3pm, cost £1.50


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.

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.

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.

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
Bethesda Street


The Potteries Museum

Museum Events Page



01782 232323


01782 232500

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.