Museo Nacional de Cerámica

Museo Nacional de Cerámica information

Location
Valencia , Spain
Address
Calle del Poeta Querol 2
Telephone
+34 963 08 54 29
More information
www.mecd.gob.es
Prices
adult/child €3/free, Sat afternoon & Sun free
Opening hours
10am-2pm & 4-8pm Tue-Sat, 10am-2pm Sun
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Inside a striking palace, this ceramics museum celebrates an important Valencia-region industry. Downstairs (if you can take your eyes off a decadent hand-painted 1753 carriage) you can learn about the history of ceramics from baroque to modern, with great information that's albeit sometimes a little difficult to relate to the pottery on display. Upstairs, historical ceramics are cleverly dotted with modern works, but the sumptuous, over-the-top interiors, all ornate stucco, chinoiserie, damask panels and elaborate upholstery, pull plenty of focus. It's an outrageous rococo extravaganza.

Look out for a fabulous painted ceiling from the original building. The modern top floor has details on ceramics production and a porcelain collection from the Alcora factory, which, along with Manises and Paterna, was an important local production centre. Porcelain and other ceramics are still huge in the Valencian region.