The hoard is on display in Stoke-on-Trent until 7 March
About 100 people queued to see the Anglo-Saxon Staffordshire Hoard when it went on display in Stoke-on-Trent.
About 80 of the 1,500 artefacts, found by a metal detector enthusiast in a field in Staffordshire, have gone on display at the Potteries Museum.
The display was opened on Friday evening by historian Michael Wood.
Campaigners need to raise £3.3m to make sure the hoard, which was found in July, is not split up and sold to private collectors.
So far, £750,000 has been raised but campaigners, led by the Art Fund, are hoping the exhibition in Stoke-on-Trent will raise more money.
One visitor to the museum said she was surprised by how delicate the items were.
"I hope they manage to raise the money to keep them here," she said.
Another viewer said the intricacy of the art work on the artefacts 'leapt out at him."
The hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold found in the UK, remains on display until 7 March.
More than 40,000 people saw the Staffordshire Hoard when it was shown in Birmingham in the autumn.