Maidstone Museums

Type:Museum

St Faith's Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH

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About

Re-opening 19th May

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 only adult mummy in Kent), The Lady of the House, Ta-Kush. 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, travelling back in time to explore the myths and legends behind the museum’s collections, have a go at digging fossils or try on some costumes on your way round!

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.
 

Exhibitions


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. Maidstone Museum attracts many of the country’s best touring exhibitions, providing you with the chance to explore magnificent works of art and fascinating objects. Collaborations with, amongst others, the V&A, the British Museum, and the Cartoon Museum have provided special exhibitions, and the Museum also works closely with many other special exhibition creators to bring you some very unique and unusual displays.

 

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.

 

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
ChildFree
ConcessionFree
FamilyFree
Admisson FreeFree

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

Events

Saturday, 3rd July 2021 - Saturday, 4th September 2021

Star Wars Poster - may the force be with youMay the Toys Be With YouA long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…. From X-Wing fighters to lightsabres, May The Toys Be With You is one of the UK’s finest collections of vintage Star Wars toys, original cinema posters and set props. Take a selfie next to Jabba the Hut’s ‘favourite decoration’ of Hans Solo trapped in…
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Wednesday, 11th August 2021 - Wednesday, 11th August 2021

Wednesday, 8th September 2021 - Wednesday, 8th September 2021

Gander looking through a keyholeGallery GanderAn exclusive in-depth look at 10 highlight objects around the galleries with one of our collections team. Maximum of 10 people per tour.
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Saturday, 21st August 2021 - Saturday, 21st August 2021

Admiral Ackbar head shot'It's A Trap!' - Meet Tim Rose aka Admiral Ackbar To complement our fantastic ‘May The Toys Be With You’ exhibition, there will be a special Guest Appearance by Animatronic Designer and Puppeteer Tim Rose: otherwise known as Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars – Return of The Jedi, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Tim has also worked on The Dark…
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Wednesday, 25th August 2021 - Wednesday, 25th August 2021

Wednesday, 29th September 2021 - Wednesday, 29th September 2021

Friday, 29th October 2021 - Friday, 29th October 2021

Wednesday, 24th November 2021 - Wednesday, 24th November 2021

Wednesday, 26th January 2022 - Wednesday, 26th January 2022

Wednesday, 23rd February 2022 - Wednesday, 23rd February 2022

Wednesday, 30th March 2022 - Wednesday, 30th March 2022

Three people walk arm in armActively Involved SessionsAre you over 55 or living with a long term health condition? Are you looking for something different? Enjoy the company of like-minded people, handle fascinating objects from the past, tell us your memories of them. There’s tea and cake too! The sessions will take place on the last Wednesday of…
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Saturday, 11th September 2021 - Saturday, 11th September 2021

Maidstone Museum as seen from Brenchley GardensHeritage Open Days: Visit the Herbarium
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Saturday, 18th September 2021 - Saturday, 30th October 2021

Cloud glaze potteryKent Potters Association - Open ExhibitionNew and exciting contemporary ceramics created by local potters in a special exhibition from the Kent Potters Association. Our aim is to showcase local ceramic artists in the Kent area. We also want to educate visitors as to how ceramics are made and give them the opportunity to meet the artists.
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Saturday, 13th November 2021 - Saturday, 11th December 2021

Sample of textiles and stichingTextile TravelsA showcase presenting a breadth of skills, including the Traditional & Contemporary techniques practiced by Group members: from beginners to international tutors, with a growing band of junior embroiderers.
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Saturday, 23rd July 2022 - Thursday, 22nd December 2022

Pants on a washing linePants!Why do we wear underwear? What does your underwear say about you? Take a journey by the seat of your pants to discover everything you didn’t know about underwear! Under 5’s free.
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Facilities

Other

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Family Fun
  • Groups Accepted
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Advance booking required
  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Partial Disabled
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Wet Weather

Accessibility

  • Disabled facilities (please call for details)

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Fomzine
      Woking, United Kingdom
      Good Local Museum
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 15th November 2020
      Lots to see in this local museum, a section on the local army battalions. A natural history zone. A special exhibit on Japanese and Nepalese customs and costumes (the Nepalese exhibit is a temporary... Read full review
    • patg51
      Ramsgate, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      A good museum
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 17th June 2021
      This museum is great. It has a variety of different exhibits. The staff are very helpful and it’s free . We spent a good couple of hours here . Read full review
    • gva_gondo
      Maidstone, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Very interesting with a lovely gift shop for kids!
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 2nd August 2021
      I went here with my little cousins and they really enjoyed it. I also came here loads on school trips in primary school and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a very interesting museum and a lovely gift... Read full review

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    Awards

    • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020
    • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

    Opening Times

    Season (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
    DayTimes
    2021 Opening Peak Season (1 July 2021 - 30 Sept 2021)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00
    SundayClosed
    Bank HolidayClosed
    2021 Winter Opening (1 Oct 2021 - 11 Dec 2021)
    DayTimes
    Monday - TuesdayClosed
    Wednesday - Saturday10:00 - 16:30
    SundayClosed
    Bank HolidayClosed
    2021 Winter Closed (11 Dec 2021 - 16 Feb 2022)
    DayTimes
    Monday - SundayClosed
    Bank HolidayClosed
    2022 Opening Off Peak (19 May 2022 - 30 June 2022)
    DayTimes
    Monday - TuesdayClosed
    Wednesday - Saturday10:00 - 16:30
    SundayClosed
    Bank HolidayClosed

    * Last Entry to the Museum is 4pm.

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