The Museum of Ceramics houses an extensive collection of the wares produced in East Liverpool and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Experience exhibits that depict the growth and development of the ceramic industry from 1840 to 1930, the period during which the city's potteries produced over half of the country’s ceramics output. Through the skillful use of photographs, ceramic and other artifacts, the exhibits vividly portray the products and day-to-day life. The most comprehensive collection of Lotus Ware, produced in the 1890s by East Liverpool's own Knowles, Taylor & Knowles, is also on exhibit. Additional displays on the social, political and economic history of East Liverpool explore the impact of industry on the community. Average visit time: Allow 90 minutes
East Liverpool, known as “America’s Crockery City,” was the center of the ceramic industry in America. From 1840 to 1930, East Liverpool’s potteries produced over half of the ceramics manufactured in the United States. The ceramic industry at the turn of the century was a vibrant industry and as important to Liverpool as the steel industry was to Pittsburgh in the twentieth century.
Located in the former city post office, the museum is a great example of the adaptive use of old buildings. In 1970, the state of Ohio purchased the post office in anticipation of developing a museum. In 1980 the building was designated The Museum of Ceramics. Constructed entirely of fireproof materials, has forty-two windows in all, and contains many interesting architectural features. These include the ornately decorated domed ceilings, solid oak trim, and a beautiful marble and terrazzo floor. The southeast corner of the main lobby displays a Roland Schweinsburg painting of James Bennett's first pottery, circa 1938.
The Museum of Ceramics is locally managed by the Museum of Ceramics Foundation.