We decided to head to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery also known as the Hanley Museum in Stoke-on-Trent with our kids recently. Its a great place to head to with the kids if you have a couple of hours to spare. There is a fabulous cafe there, with a kids area on the ground floor. The museum is free as well so another reason to spend some quality time with the kids there if you are on a tight budget.
Here’s a photo of our kids with the Arnold Bennett statue in Hanley, near the museum
Another sculpture infront of the museum
The museum is free to enter but you are welcomed to give a donation to help sustain it. The museum has about eight galleries namely the Staffordshire Hoard, Spitfire Gallery, Local History, Archeology, Natural Science, Ceramics, Fine Art and Design with extensive materials being showcased there permanently besides the museum treasures. To top this, there are often visiting exhibits / temporary events being held at the museum, this at times may require an entrance fee. For example, while we were there the Victoria Exhibit costs £5 per person.
The Spitfire plane was there when we went to visit but is currently being restored so you might not be able to see the plane for the time being. Give the museum a call and they would be able to let you know when the plane will be back. Here’s another shot of the spitfire engine.
Here’s a video of the Spitfire plane being dismantled in 90 seconds
Some sample ceramic artifacts that are available in the museum
We got a rare glimpse of the Owl Jug also known as Ozzy the Owl
A small replica of a bottle kiln oven
Some beautiful ceramic collection dolls in display at the museum
The TV room with a large screen was a favourite with our kids, as they could sit and watch a short video
The kids enjoyed playing with the Roman Mosaic on the ground floor
There was also a colouring section as well as a tea party set left out for the kids to play, it was great as they were tired going around looking at all the exhibits and wanted to have a break
They have a lovely gift shop located at the foyer / entrance of the museum selling all sorts of gift items, pottery and souvenir stuff. We did not pop into the cafe during this visit, but we have been to the cafe for lunch before and can confirm that they do serve freshly made sandwiches, baked potatoes, oatcakes and cakes. We have also heard that they do a selection of tasty cakes for their Afternoon Tea, so do give them a call to pre-book if you are interested to try it.
There is just so much to see and photograph at the museum and we are not able to showcase everything in this blog post, only a couple of photos for you to get a look and feel of the place. So if you are wondering where to head to with the kids …why not pop over to the Potteries Museum, this would be a great place to head to with the whole family.
Where is the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery?
Tel: 01782 232323
What are the Opening Times of the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery?
Monday to Saturday – 10am until 5pm
Sunday – 11am until 4pm
How much is the Entrance Fee?
Its Free (You are welcomed to offer a donation)
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