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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Potteries Museum, Stoke

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.



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.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Tickets £5, concessions £3.


Miners Tool

Miners’ Tools

  • 26 September 2015 — 10 April 2016 *on now

See a range of equipment used by miners over the years to extract coal. This continues our programme of displays on the coal industry.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Minton Plate

Welcome Home! A Celebration of the Minton Archive

  • 26 September 2015 — 27 March 2016 *on now

An interactive exhibition of some of the museum's wonderful collection of Minton pieces to celebrate the return to Stoke of the extraordinary Minton Archive. Images and information from the archive will complement the display and reveal how much there is still to be explored. The archive was saved for the nation by the Art Fund and given to the City for us all to enjoy.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Scott's Cumbrian Blue(s), Fukushima.

Confected, Borrowed and installation by Paul Scott

  • 17 October 2015 — 7 February 2016 *on now

In Paul Scott’s hands, domestic ceramics mutate into subversive comments on our life and times. His expert manipulation of familiar motifs like the Willow Pattern gives his work special resonance and broad appeal. Exhibition organised by The Holburne Museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Arab film poster

Whose Gaze is it Anyway?

  • 24 October 2015 — 10 January 2016 *on now

This show from the Institute of Contemporary Arts explores the history of Arab pop culture through posters, notebooks, diaries and book covers - as well as film and video. The display will also include a newly commissioned work by Sophia Al-Maria who presents an imaginary poster and sketchbook for her unmade film, Beretta.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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.
Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington

  • 28 November — 6 December 2015 *on now

Mow Cop Players present the traditional family favourite pantomime Dick Whittington in the museum theatre. Call 07902 054511 for further details of dates, times and
ticket prices or email

Suitable for

  • Any age


Ticket Prices
£10 adult
£5 concessions & children
£25 family ticket (2 adult & 2 children)


I Love Cinema

Friday Twilight - I Love Cinema/Baheb el cima

  • 11 December 2015 7-9pm

This compelling, atmospheric film looks back on childhood in Cairo’s Shubra district, and how a boy managed to create his own breathing space amid a stifling family environment. I Love Cinema was released in Egypt amidst a wave of controversy but Egyptian audiences judged the film on its artistic merits, and made the film an overnight popular success. Free, certificate 15.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Prince and Princess Afternoon Tea

  • 12 December 2015 12:30-1:30pm

Enjoy a beautiful homemade Afternoon Tea fit for a Prince or a Princess in the company of one of our festive characters. Please book in advance by calling 01782 232323. Servings at 12.30 and 1.30pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Especially for children


Tickets - adults £6, children £5



Frozen Ice Festival

  • 12 December 2015 11am-4pm

In partnership with local Children’s Centres the museum presents a Christmas tribute to the Disney film Frozen. Take part in craft activities, meet festive characters including Santa, join in our Frozen sing-a-long in the theatre and see real reindeer. The sing-a-long film will take place at 11am in the theatre, tickets £2.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Museum admission free, small charge for the Frozen sing-along


Stoke Moon

Jazz, Beer and Oatcakes

  • 17 December 2015 7-10pm

Enjoy an evening of jazz music from local band ‘Fine and Dandy’ led by musician and broadcaster Mel Hill and readings from Arthur Berry by local film producer Ray Johnson.
This evening performance is inspired by the work of artist, writer and poet Arthur Berry and his friend, musician and local radio producer Arthur Wood.
On Christmas Day 1978, the two Arthurs broadcast a fantasia of poetry, prose and songs, entitled “Obsessed by Oatcakes”. Believed lost for over 35 years, a recording of this extraordinary piece has only recently come to light. Mel Hill and Ray Johnson will present highlights from this rediscovered treasure, along with live music and readings associated with the two Arthurs.
Throughout the evening the museum café will be serving a selection of oatcakes and the bar will be open for alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments.

Suitable for

  • 18+


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.