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The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

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Address: Bethesda Street | City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3DW, England
Phone Number: +44 1782 232323
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Travel back in time and discover thehistory of the Potteries, including...

Travel back in time and discover thehistory of the Potteries, including theworld’s greatest collection of Staffordshireceramics. See Reginald Mitchell’s WorldWar 2 Spitfire and all sorts of art and craft.Enjoy a light lunch or afternoon snack inour relaxing Café Museum with regularmusical accompaniment by Frank Leigh.Browse in The Foyer Shop for uniquequality gifts, cards, books and souvenirsof the Potteries.

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Good Place to visit - seems to be plenty for kids

Stopped in when we had an hour to kill. Wasn't expecting much really. Very interesting exhibits from a spitfire to roman pottery to british wildlife exhibit to the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Crewe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stopped in when we had an hour to kill. Wasn't expecting much really. Very interesting exhibits from a spitfire to roman pottery to british wildlife exhibit to the staffordshire hoard and more. seemed to be quite a few interactive areas for children to experience. will probably call in again next time we are in the area and not just to... More 

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Philip M, Guest Relations Manager at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

I hope you do! Take a look at our website for upcoming events and exhibitions. More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is a probably the best museum to see different pieces of pottery. Really large extension. You can see the gold treasure. There are other temporary exhibitions too. There is a little room inside for have lunch if your bring your own food.

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Philip M, Guest Relations Manager at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments More 

Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I must admit, I wasn't expecting very much when we arrived but this is a really good museum! They have a Spitfire here – the man who designed them, Reginald Mitchell, comes from Stoke-on-Trent. They have a set of stairs you can climb to get a good view looking down on the Spitfire and there was a sign saying you... More 

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Philip M, Guest Relations Manager at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. The wallaby was from a local court that lived in the nearby peak district. A quick internet search suggests they may still be there, although most people think they have now died out. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

firstly its free and Much more interesting than you would expect, lots to see on different levels,and very interesting, lots of fun things for children to explore and learn about on the ground floor!

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Philip M, Guest Relations Manager at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. Please come and see us again More 

Telford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I called in here to waste some time whilst waiting for someone and I had a really enjoyable few hours wandering around. The exhibitions are brilliant and at the moment they have parts of the Staffordshire Hoard there. Obviously there is a huge ceramics and potteries section but their Natural History section is very informative too. I will definitely be... More 

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Philip M, Guest Relations Manager at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went as an introduction to Stoke's ceramics manufacturing and ended up spending 4 hours in the museum. Ceramics: fabulous (huge) collection. Well presented and laid out. Staffs Hoard: small, but stunning. Guide was enthusiastic and knowledgable. Lighting was a bit awkward at times. Café: good choice and value. Tourist Office (inside): lady was knowledgeable and really helpful.

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Philip M, Guest Relations Manager at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments. I'm not sure which lights you are referring to, but some of our lighting is low to prevent fading and damage to the artefacts on display. More 

Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The Potteries Museum is set on 3 floors in the heart of Stoke City Centre.The ground floor concentrates on the history of the area and local worthies from Roman times to the present day.Displays include Natural History,Roman burial practices,local industries, sporting achievements(Stanley Matthews),a Spitfire airplane(Mitchell,the designer was born in Stoke),part of the Anglo-Saxon Stafford Hoard,artifacts about the writer Arnold Bennett... More 

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Philip M, Guest Relations Manager at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for your detailed review. I hope you visit again. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Living nearby, I visit this museum and art gallery regularly. It's generally a nice peaceful place to have a wander around, and to sit and admire things like the beautiful Minton Peacock. Being in the middle of The Potteries there's a wonderful collection of pottery throughout the ages. There are also some great art works. Currently you can see paintings... More 

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Philip M, Guest Relations Manager at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for your great comments. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We were amazed to see the intricate work on the gold items found nearby. The major portion of the hoard is in Birmingham but there was enough here to entrance us. There was a very good Anglo Saxon display in a separate room. There were items set up to keep children occupied. Downstairs there was a large cafe in a... More 

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Philip M, Guest Relations Manager at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Took the grandkids on a rainy day. Had a very interesting afternoon and the kids loved it Would go again

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Philip M, Guest Relations Manager at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments, we hope you will pay us a return visit. More 

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