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Maidstone Museums

Museum

Maidstone Museum Earth Heritage Gallery

Address/Location

St Faith's Street
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 1LH

Contact

Tel: 01622 602838

Museum

Maidstone Museum is an exceptional regional museum housed in the gorgeous Chillington Manor, an Elizabethan manor house. Come and discover the hidden gems in the collections, which boast a rich and impressive variety of historical objects, fine art and natural history. It is home to internationally significant collections, especially Ethnography, Japanese Decorative Arts, Ancient Egypt, Archaeology and Costume. Don't miss the 2,700 year old Egyptian mummy. The Museum also has woodblock prints by famous Edo period woodblock print masters. These include Hokusai's ‘Great Wave off Kanagawa’ and ‘Red Fuji'.

Established in 1858, Maidstone Museum houses over 660,000 artefacts and specimens. It first opened as the Charles Museum, following the bequest of Dr Thomas Charles of Maidstone who left his library, art collection and antiques to the town.

There are lots of galleries to explore in the oldest part of the building and children love the roar of the dinosaur in the Earth Heritage Gallery. Maidstone Museum is very interactive and a fun experience for children where you can pick up one of the exciting trails packs, travel back in time and explore the myths and legends behind the museum’s collections. Or you can grab an Ipad and let Spike the dinosaur guide you around, have a go at digging fossils or try on some costumes on your way round!

Throughout the year there is a great schedule of special events and temporary exhibitions so you are sure to find something going on no matter when you visit.

 

Museum Lates

On the last Thursday of every month at Museum Lates you can experience the museum after dark and get involved in some great interactive activities. There are also many great tours of the building and the collections which run every month.

The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regimental Museum is an independent museum that has been housed within Maidstone Museum since 1960. It tells the story of this famous local regiment and is packed with fascinating, colourful and thought-provoking exhibits.

Before you go, stop by the café end enjoy a warm drink and a delicious cake to refuel before visiting the museum shop for some special gifts.

Ticket Information

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
ChildFree
ConcessionFree
FamilyFree
Admisson FreeFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

2018 Opening (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
Monday
Tuesday10:0017:00
Wednesday10:0017:00
Thursday10:0017:00
Friday10:0017:00
Saturday10:0017:00
Sunday

* Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-17.00, Sunday 12.00-16.00 (1st April - 31st October only). Closed Mondays

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