Maidstone Museums

Type:Museum

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

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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

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ChildFree
ConcessionFree
FamilyFree
Admisson FreeFree

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

Events

Saturday, 30th April 2022 - Saturday, 9th July 2022

Maidstone Young Artist Award ExhibitionMaidstone Young Artist Award 2022 Sat 30th Apr 2022 to Sat 9th Jul 2022 - All Day This exciting bi-annual award is open to all young artists, up to 25 years old, living in the South East of England. Our aim is to give young artists the chance to win the prestigious Maidstone Young Artist Award and…
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Saturday, 23rd July 2022 - Saturday, 17th 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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Monday, 25th July 2022 - Monday, 15th August 2022

Variety of CostumesSummer 2022 History Arts Award Days 'Julius Brenchley: Explorer' or 'Costume'AGED 7-11? LOVE THE PAST? LOVE GETTING CREATIVE? Book one (or both) of our Summer 2022 Holiday History Arts Award Days for a day packed with art and history! Bag yourself a Discover Arts Award! Try out different art activities inspired by the museum’s fantastic collections! Find out about creating…
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Tuesday, 26th July 2022 - Thursday, 25th August 2022

Childs hands with squeezy paint tube.Summer Holiday - Make it Sessions at Maidstone MuseumSummer 2022 Make It Craft Sessions This summer we have 5 weeks of Make it craft activities. We also have a new exhibition all about the history of Pants! To link to this the Wednesday activity each week will have a pants theme, linked to different children’s stories that have a pants theme. …
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Saturday, 30th July 2022 - Saturday, 30th July 2022

Steampunk FestivalSteampunk FestivalJoin in our glorious steampunk adventure! Lots of stalls and activities at the Muggleton Village Fair
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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:

    • 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
    • TheCarmeleon
      Canterbury, United Kingdom
      Great museum in the heart of Maidstone
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 13th March 2022
      We weren't sure what to make of the museum, but we were pleasantly surprised! There are a large number of objects and artifacts on display for people of all ages to enjoy. If you're in the area and... Read full review
    • 751Tasy
      Gillingham, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      A hidden gem!
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 10th April 2022
      Amazing museum! What a great experience with the kids. My 4 year old enjoyed finding the objects on the picture sheet and 6 year old loved the scavenger hunt. A range of rooms to explore with... 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

    2022 Opening (7 Feb 2022 - 18 Dec 2022)
    DayTimes

    * Off Peak Season - Open Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 - 16:00 (Last entry 3:30)

    Peak Season (School Holidays) - Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 16:00 (Last entry 3:30)

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