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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. Our Reginald Mitchell WorldWar 2 Spitfire is currently being restored offsite, but see the fantastic full-size sculpture of the Spitfire, built by apprentices from local engineering company KMF and all sorts of other 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.
Reviewed November 26, 2013

I took my elderly mother to see the Staffordshire Hoard exhibition. There were lots of interesting exhibits and there was lots of information available on each piece and also on video clips which you can access yourself. The staff were very helpful and provided a magnifying glass to help my mother see the exhibits. We watched the DVD about how the hoard was discovered and the work that has been done on it. This lasted about 45 minutes and was extremely interesting. Altogether we spent a couple of hours in this exhibition before visiting the Spitfire exhibition downstairs, which again was very interesting, especially for anyone who lived through WWII and remembers seeing the Spitfires flying overhead. There is also a beautiful, gigantic mosaic picture in the foyer which is well worth seeing. There is no charge for visiting the Museum but donations are welcomed. Overall we had a fantastic half-day outing which we both thoroughly enjoyed.

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is my local museum and I have to admit to having a soft spot for it, I visit it every couple of months to see the new exhibits and I love showing people around it.
It is on 3 floors with both stairs and a lift and is very accessible for anyone not too clever on their feet.
This is the home of the Spitfire, which was designed by a local lad, RJ Mitchell who was born in Butt Lane, and there is an excellent display of information about both plane and designer.
The lower level is home to the cafe, which serves a very good selection of meals, snacks and drinks, including the famous(?)Staffordshire Oatcake, and the toilets. The gallery next door is constantly changing and is always impressive.
Top floor has the pottery for which the area is famous, and also exhibits from all countries and centuries, including for the bathroom and the garden.
I could go on all day but I don't want to bore anyone, I want to encourage you to see it. If I haven't already convinced you then perhaps this will, this museum is home to the Staffordshire Hoard......

1  Thank Karen K
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

The museum caters for all ages and interests it is a useful resource into the potteries past history and a record of the pottery industry in this area. Additionally the Saxon Hoard exhibition os worth a visit by itself.

1  Thank Nigel E
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

really enjoyable visit not just pottery artefacts like some people would think but there is a good amount lots to do we visit at least once a year as displays do change some has been the Staffordshire hord you may also see Ollie the owl which was on the antiques roadshow take a visit and enjoy

1  Thank philip h
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

With stoke being the home of British pottery they have one of the best collections of pottery in England . Also it is the home of the spitfire aeroplane . Part of the Staffordshire hoard is on show .

1  Thank Reg R
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