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“An undiscovered jewel”

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
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Owner description: Travel back in time and discover the history of the Potteries, including the world’s greatest collection of Staffordshire ceramics. See Reginald Mitchell’s WorldWar 2 Spitfire and all sorts of art and craft. Enjoy a light lunch or afternoon snack in our relaxing Café Museum with regular musical accompaniment by Frank Leigh. Browse in The Foyer Shop for unique quality gifts, cards, books and souvenirs of the Potteries.
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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149 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“An undiscovered jewel”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Of all the Pottery museums near Stoke on Trent, this place is free and the best. Housing a hotpotch of exhibits including the shell of a Spitfire aircraft, natural history exhibits and works of art by Picasso and Degas. Plus an exquisite and priceless collection of pottery from Roman times through to contemporary art and everything in between. What a great way to spend a couple of hours! The museum cafe serves cheap good quality food and the place is so quiet. It's amazing that such a great place goes largely unnoticed, so please spread the word and check this place out. You'll be amazed!

Visited October 2013
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English first
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175 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“lots of pottery but little o grab your interest”
Reviewed September 28, 2013

unfortunately the museum is let down by its boring displays.
I went for the potteries information but found it very dry and dull.
pity as there are some great pots but badly let down by a lacklustre display.
even the circus show was a let down.
on a bright note the staff were very helpful.

Visited September 2013
Thank MastG
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 23, 2013

all the family got together and we ventured to hanley the kids got bored so we went to the museum, what a great place the kids loved it (7 of different ages ) the cafe served great snacks so we spent over 3 hours there great

Visited July 2013
Thank jackie s
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Diss, United Kingdom
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600 reviews
294 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 298 helpful votes
“Brilliant and Free!”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

We were dropped off here as part of a coach trip and were not disappointed! The fact that it was free but a suggested donation of £3 was fantastic value for money especially as where I come from most museums you have to pay for and much more than £3 so I expect like us many visitors give more on the way out! I was very impressed with the layout of the amazing exhibits especially the spitfire! I loved all the hands on items for children and was very pleased to see young mums and grandparents with children inside too. There is a very useful free floor guide to ensure you don't miss anything. The cafe is very good as are the toilets and the staff are very friendly and helpful too! We could have spent longer here. Perhaps a few maps of Stoke could be on hand so visitors like us who may want to see more of the area would know where to go.

Visited September 2013
Thank R P T
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2013

Well worth a visit. This is a beautiful museum. Would highly recommend a visit. The fine pottery on display is amazing and so interesting. The staff are very welcoming.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Shirley W
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