Ross C. Purdy Museum of Ceramics


The museum’s collection of more than 2,500 items represent a cross section of traditional and high tech ceramics produced in the last 150 years. Ceramics engineers create materials used through our economy, in items ranging from the traditional brick, tile, glass, and dinnerware to the state of the art, such as space shuttle tiles, automobile engine components, military armor, and sporting goods. High-tech ceramics have revolutionized many aspects of business and industry because of their unique characteristics. Ceramics can be hard yet lightweight, with the ability to resist heat, wear, and corrosion.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Material Science
Topic(s):Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The World’s Largest Crystal Ball, weighing 700 pounds, sits in the museum’s lobby. The museum also houses Presidential china from Reagan, Truman, FDR and Wilson settings. A separate setting from Air Force One is also displayed.
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