Maidstone Museums


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 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.

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


Saturday, 4th May 2019 - Sunday, 1st September 2019

Endangered and ExtinctThis exhibition is a family friendly event featuring sculptured animals, birds, fish and flora which are endangered or extinct, created with ingenuity, humour and skill by innovative recycling artist, Val Hunt, from throw-away materials. 
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Tuesday, 20th August 2019 - Thursday, 22nd August 2019

Kids crafty summer holiday workshops. Summer Holiday - Make It WorkshopsEnjoy a fun week of craft activites inspired by the Endangered and Extinct exhibition, suitable for ages 5 - 11. 
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Friday, 23rd August 2019 - Friday, 23rd August 2019

Summer holiday craft workshops for teenagers. Teens Make It SessionsSpecial craft activities especially for teenagers!
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Tuesday, 27th August 2019 - Thursday, 29th August 2019

Kids craft activities for Summer Holidays. Summer Holiday - Make It SessionsEnjoy a fun week of craft activities inspired by the Endangered and Extinct exhibition, suitable for ages 5 - 11.
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Thursday, 29th August 2019 - Thursday, 29th August 2019

A late night, sing along screening of Grease.Museum Lates: Film NightA sing-along screening pf the 1978 classic... Grease.
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Friday, 30th August 2019 - Friday, 30th August 2019

Summer holiday art sessions for under 5's.Under 5's Make It SessionsCome and enjoy some animal-themed craft activities, especially for the under 5's.
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Friday, 30th August 2019 - Friday, 30th August 2019

Friday, 27th September 2019 - Friday, 27th September 2019

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

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

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

Teas being poured into a cup.Cafe Culture
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Saturday, 31st August 2019 - Saturday, 31st August 2019

Nature needs you!Nature Needs You!A celebration of nature with stalls, trails, craft activities and more!
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Tuesday, 3rd September 2019 - Tuesday, 3rd September 2019

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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Wednesday, 4th September 2019 - Wednesday, 4th September 2019

Little girl reading book to teddy bears. Stories and Rhymes
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Thursday, 12th September 2019 - Thursday, 12th September 2019

Image of a film roll Film Club
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Thursday, 26th September 2019 - Thursday, 26th September 2019

Late night at the Museum, September quiz night. 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 September 2019 - Sunday, 29th September 2019

Japanese arts award with Wagamama. Japanese 'Discover' Arts AwardExplore Japanese food as an art form, then learn about artwork and try Japanese style printing.
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  • 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


  • Disabled facilities (please call for details)

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

Special Offers

    Book any day trip departing in September and get a £5 voucher per person.
    Make your booking at Maidstone Tourist Information Centre in the Museum

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Recent Reviews:

  • paul h
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Excellent town museum housing much of interest.
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 31st July 2019
    I was raised in Maidstone, and going back after 45 years, I found the museum very interesting.The old victorian stuffed birds and animals have been condensed to a few display cases. The suits of... Read full review
  • erictW8695LJ
    Trip Type:
    Good Museum
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 3rd August 2019
    Whilst visiting the Maidstone area, decided to visit the Maidstone Museum, Glad we did. It was really interesting with exhibits displayed most professionally. Although a small museum, there was... Read full review
  • Hollie B
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    A Great place to Learn
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 11th August 2019
    Recently I visited Maidstone Museum with a friend and found this a highly educational place. There was a steampunk event on the same day and i too found that fascinating. I’ll definitely be... Read full review

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Opening Times

2019 Opening (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
Tuesday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00

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

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