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If you’re travelling some distance to visit the museum please contact us to ensure we are open on 02 6036 3464 or email



The National Museum of Australian Pottery is the only Museum dedicated to 19th and early 20th century Australian pottery and is the culmination of many years of collecting and research throughout Australia.

On display are over 1,600 pieces of domestic pottery from over 120 Australian pottery companies established between European settlement and the end of World War I, (1918).

Amongst the extensive range of pottery wares, such as simple preserving jars, jugs, colourful cheese covers, beautiful bread plates and elegantly decorated water filters are a few rare examples of pottery made by the convict potter Jonathan Leak, who’s few surviving pieces are the earliest marked pottery produced in Australia.

Also on display are over 100 original photographs, showing the interior and exterior of many potteries, exhibition displays and portraits of the potters along with catalogues, price lists and numerous old advertisements.

The Collection represents in many ways the struggle, courage and determination of many of our early potters who, often under difficult circumstances, produced basic and decorative domestic pottery, frequently with spectacular results.

Visitors have a unique opportunity to further their knowledge and appreciation of our early Australian pottery heritage.

So come and spend some quality time at Holbrook in the National Museum of Australian Pottery with Geoff and Kerrie Ford.




Potter of the month

 Press the start button to view this video.

This month's Potter is Trewenack's Pottery from Magill, South Australia.


ABC Open Objects

Click on this link to see more videos on our ABC Open page



ABC Collectors Show

Click on this link to take a short tour through the Museum


Visiting the Museum

Situated at 76 Albury Street, (Main street) Holbrook NSW, it is open 9.30am to 4.30pm Thursday to Tuesday, closed Wednesday. Closed in August.

Admission Prices

Adults $5 per head, Children under 16 years of age $4 per head.

Family Passes (2 Adults, 2 Children) $15.

Delicious homemade Devonshire Tea $10 per head, includes admission.

We can cater for large and small groups who book ahead, with homemade morning tea, afternoon tea or supper, along with an introduction talk and a guided tour for $10 per head.

We also have a small number of selected Australian pottery pieces for sale.

Public toilets on site.

The Directors, Geoff and Kerrie Ford welcome visitors, groups and coaches to the museum and can be contacted by Ph (02) 6036 3464.

We look forward to seeing you soon at the Museum.

Short Term Exhibitions

Current Exhibition

The Shards of Thomas Ball, convict potter, c. 1804-1823

3rd May 2014 until the 31st May 2015

Future Exhibitions

Watch this space

Past Exhibitions

Rediscovering Jonathan Leak

To listen to an ABC radio interview click on this link


Artware to Utility - the story of Modern Ceramic Products

To listen to an ABC radio interview click on this link


The MCP book is still available at the Museum for $75 plus $10 p&p

Melrose Art Pottery 1931 – 1942

To listen to an ABC radio interview click on this link


Rare Piece Recently Acquired

This extremely rare c. 1890, 28cm high salt glazed, wall hanging flower pot was made by James Price at his Port Arthur Pottery in Tasmania.

Friends of NMAP Inc.

The Friends of NMAP Inc. get together at the Museum four times a year. The meetings are well attended by members from far and wide who enjoy themselves and take away a greater knowledge of collecting Australian pottery.

Our Meeting was held in January to Celebrate 20 Years of the establishment of the Museum on Australia Day. 

Photograph, left to right: Kerrie Ford, Dr. Mathew Trinca Director of the National Museum of Australia (our Official Guest), Geoff Ford OAM, Cr Heather Wilton, Mayor Greater Hume Shire and the Hon. Greg Aplin MP.

If you would like to become a member you can find further information and a membership form in the ‘NMAP FRIENDS’ section.

Potting About. Don't miss out subscribe now.

Potting About is e-mailed direct to subscribers twice a year. Edition No.31 December 2014, includes articles and information on the following topics:

Letters to the Editor

Thomas Ball Short Term Exhibition

Celebrating 20 Years of the Museum

Rare and Early Important Acquisition

New video display function on our Web Page

All about Glazes

Unique Advertising Monk Jug in the Collection

Sold on e-bay and around the auction

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