Maidstone Museums

Type:Museum

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

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About

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.

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 September 2019 - Wednesday, 1st January 2020

Maidstone: United in FootballMaidstone: United in Football not only tells the remarkable history of football in the town, it also paints a vivid picture of how the game has been bringing people of diverse backgrounds together for well over a century.
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Tuesday, 17th September 2019 - Saturday, 29th February 2020

Woolly Watery WorldA crochet 'undersea' art display spreading important messages about protecting our oceans.
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Tuesday, 22nd October 2019 - Tuesday, 22nd October 2019

Wednesday, 23rd October 2019 - Wednesday, 23rd October 2019

Thursday, 24th October 2019 - Thursday, 24th October 2019

Friday, 25th October 2019 - Friday, 25th October 2019

Half Term Make It WorkshopsEnjoy a whole week of sports-themed craft activities. Four sessions per day.
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Friday, 25th October 2019 - Friday, 25th October 2019

Friday, 29th November 2019 - Friday, 29th November 2019

Friday, 20th December 2019 - Friday, 20th December 2019

Friday, 31st January 2020 - Friday, 31st January 2020

Friday, 28th February 2020 - Friday, 28th February 2020

Friday, 27th March 2020 - Friday, 27th March 2020

Teas being poured into a cup.Cafe CultureThis drop-in session is for over 65's to meet like minded people and make friends over a cuppa.
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Monday, 28th October 2019 - Monday, 28th October 2019

Kent: A Cradle of World SportJohn Bunyard, curator of 'Maidstone: United in Football' gives a fascinating talk exposing Kent's uniquely important role in the development of sport.
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Wednesday, 30th October 2019 - Wednesday, 30th October 2019

Halloween Ghost Tours for KidsWill you dare to leave your family behind and follow Maidstone Museum's storyteller to explore the museum's creepy rooms?
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Thursday, 31st October 2019 - Thursday, 31st October 2019

Halloween Ghost Tour for TeensJoin Maidstone Museum's guides as they take you on an apparently normal tour of the buildings...
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Thursday, 31st October 2019 - Thursday, 31st October 2019

Museum Lates: Halloween Ghost TourTour the building's darkest depths to uncover the urban legends and ghosts associated with the museum.
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Wednesday, 6th November 2019 - Wednesday, 6th November 2019

Wednesday, 8th January 2020 - Wednesday, 8th January 2020

Wednesday, 5th February 2020 - Wednesday, 5th February 2020

Wednesday, 4th March 2020 - Wednesday, 4th March 2020

Little girl reading book to teddy bears. Stories and RhymesStorytelling and crafts for the under 5's.
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Saturday, 9th November 2019 - Saturday, 9th November 2019

Putting the ALL in FOOTBALLFamily fun day - follow the football trail to claim your badge prize, create a t-shirt in your favourite strip and meet local players. 
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Tuesday, 12th November 2019 - Tuesday, 12th November 2019

Tuesday, 14th January 2020 - Tuesday, 14th January 2020

Tuesday, 11th February 2020 - Tuesday, 11th February 2020

Wednesday, 11th March 2020 - Wednesday, 11th March 2020

Maidstone Museum behind the scenes. What's in Store?This monthly event invites you to see behind the scenes of Maidstone Museum and discover the hidden objects in their amazing collections.
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Thursday, 14th November 2019 - Thursday, 14th November 2019

Thursday, 16th January 2020 - Thursday, 16th January 2020

Thursday, 13th February 2020 - Thursday, 13th February 2020

Thursday, 12th March 2020 - Thursday, 12th March 2020

Image of a film roll Museum Film ClubWhether you're into action, adventure, horror, mystery or romance, why not come along to Maidstone Museum's NEW monthly film club!
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Friday, 15th November 2019 - Friday, 15th November 2019

Jive Talkin - Bee Gees in ConcertTHE ONLY Bee Gees tribute show that have actually performed with the original Bee Gees!
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Saturday, 16th November 2019 - Saturday, 16th November 2019

Fossil RoadshowBring your fossil finds for identification by the experts, follow the fossil trail to claim your badge prize, and create your own fossil shape to take home.
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Wednesday, 20th November 2019 - Wednesday, 20th November 2019

BlakeBlake are proud to announce their brand-new UK tour for 2019;  Movies and Musicals.
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Saturday, 7th December 2019 - Saturday, 7th December 2019

Saturday, 14th December 2019 - Saturday, 14th December 2019

Christmas MarketFind that perfect present for your loved ones at Maidstone Museum's mini Christmas market.
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Saturday, 7th December 2019 - Saturday, 7th December 2019

Saturday, 14th December 2019 - Saturday, 14th December 2019

Thursday, 19th December 2019 - Thursday, 19th December 2019

Friday, 20th December 2019 - Friday, 20th December 2019

Saturday, 21st December 2019 - Saturday, 21st December 2019

Father Christmas' FireplaceBook now - tickets selling fast! Meet Father Christmas in his cosy library, leave your wish with him and receive a present!
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Wednesday, 18th December 2019 - Saturday, 1st February 2020

Button Pond GirlButtons and fastenings were cut off during ‘rag preparation’ for paper making, the buttons collected and then deposited around the pond.
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Saturday, 18th January 2020 - Saturday, 18th January 2020

Two children conducting a science experiment.Family Science DayBecome a mad scientist, play with crazy liquids and conduct exciting science experiments using everyday household materials.
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Thursday, 30th January 2020 - Thursday, 30th January 2020

History Mystery TourMeet the eccentric and colourful characters who’ve lived in and looked after the museum and it’s objects since it opened in 1858.
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Saturday, 1st February 2020 - Saturday, 29th February 2020

Wild'Wild’ explores the wildness of the world through cutting edge, colourful, exuberant and varied textiles
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Saturday, 8th February 2020 - Saturday, 8th February 2020

Meet the ArtistsAn opportunity to meet the artists whose works are shown in the textile exhibition ‘Wild’.
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Friday, 14th February 2020 - Friday, 14th February 2020

Valentine's Day Escape RoomLooking to avoid Cupids Arrow? Escape From love at Maidstone Museum, completing puzzles to unlock rooms!
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Thursday, 27th February 2020 - Thursday, 27th February 2020

Museum Lates: Film NightWe know that each Tiny Dancer will be doing the Crocodile Rock watching this Elton John biopic.
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Saturday, 29th February 2020 - Saturday, 29th February 2020

Textile Workshop led by Cas HoExplore creating an improvised folding sketchbook, learning mark-making, drawing, layer and collage to open up thought processes.
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Friday, 6th March 2020 - Friday, 6th March 2020

International Women's DayCelebrate the ground-breaking women who created, collected and curated the museum's collections and enjoy a glass of wine.
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Sunday, 22nd March 2020 - Sunday, 22nd March 2020

Mother's Day Cream Tea and CostumeEnjoy a delicious cream tea in our historic library then go behind-the-scenes to see our gorgeous costume collection.
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Thursday, 26th March 2020 - Thursday, 26th March 2020

Museum Lates: Quiz NightJoin the museum for five fiendish rounds of quirky questions, including a round of mystery museum objects and a round in the galleries.
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Saturday, 28th March 2020 - Sunday, 27th September 2020

Paper TrailInspired by the year the paper was produced, what have they made?
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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:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    142
  • Very Good
    86
  • Average
    24
  • Poor
    3
  • Terrible
    5

Recent Reviews:

  • Scott C
    Interesting and Educational
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 3rd October 2019
    This museum has a lot to offer on local, national and international history and regularly has interesting exhibitions that are important to the local area. It's nice and easy to get to, the staff are... Read full review
  • RobbyNi
    Maidstone, United Kingdom
    Verry interesting
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 8th October 2019
    Wide range of exhibits, occasion touring displays and of course the the souvenir shop and cafe. Great place for children and adults alike Read full review
  • ccag2762
    Kent, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Family fun
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 9th October 2019
    Excellent educational experience with excellent staff and excellent information Historical background to Maidstone Read full review

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Opening Times

2019 Opening (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
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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