Maidstone Museums

Type:Museum

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

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Maidstone Museum has a few restrictions in place to keep everyone safe.  Please note:
  • A last entry of 4:30 ( close at 5pm)
  • Closed on Sundays
  • Egyptian Gallery and Ethnography Gallery are currently closed
  • Interactive displays have been removed
  • A timeslot system is in place for busier times
  • Track and Trace system at the entrance

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.

 

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, 14th March 2020 - Saturday, 7th November 2020

Nepalese prayer wheelsDo You See What I See?Maidstone has a large Nepalese community and this exhibition has been produced in partnership with them and explores the differences between Maidstone and Nepal through their eyes. Through the differences in geography, through their festivals and how they felt when they arrived in Maidstone and…
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Wednesday, 5th August 2020 - Monday, 26th July 2021

Bridge WorksMaidstone Museum is hosting the Bridge Works exhibition to commemorate the 141 Anniversary of the ‘New Maidstone Bridge’ being opened crossing the River Medway in the County Town. Officially opened on 6August 1879, the Maidstone Bridge was opened when huge crowds gathered amid great celebrations.…
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Wednesday, 5th August 2020 - Monday, 26th July 2021

Amelia Earheart flies over the Atlantic, paper waves and paper planePaper Trail100 pieces of heritage paper, some from Maidstone mills, have been given to 100 artists. Inspired by the year the paper was produced, what have they made? An Appletye project.
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Saturday, 5th December 2020 - Saturday, 19th December 2020

Children at Father Christmas's Fireplace when he   is at Maidstone Museum with a large basket of presents.Father Christmas's FireplaceFather Christmas will be returning to Maidstone Museum this December! He’ll be here on Saturday 5th, Saturday 12th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th. Come and meet him in his cosy candlelit library and sit by the log fire. Leave your wish with him and receive a present!
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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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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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    90
  • Average
    24
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Recent Reviews:

  • G07
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Nice little museum
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 15th February 2020
    Interesting museum with dinosaurs and a mummy. Lots to see and very child friendly. Free to enter and lots of local history. Read full review
  • adrianwT6727CN
    Maidstone, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Half Term Visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 23rd February 2020
    Visited with our 3 year old Grandaughter. We all enjoyed our visit and there was plenty to do and see. Our Grandaughter loved it all. Will visit again. Amazing value. Read full review
  • David S
    Malvern, United Kingdom
    Our second visit and not as good as we remembered
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 2nd March 2020
    I think once was enough. Revisting we found it confused and not so interesting and we probably would not go again. However, there is lots to occupy young children, so do give it a go. Free admission Read full review

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Awards

  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020

Opening Times

2020 Opening (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
DayTimes
MondayClosed
Tuesday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00
SundayClosed

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

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