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, 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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Thursday, 27th June 2019 - Thursday, 27th June 2019

Lion Museum Lates: Big Cats
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Friday, 28th June 2019 - Friday, 28th June 2019

Friday, 26th July 2019 - Friday, 26th July 2019

Friday, 30th August 2019 - Friday, 30th August 2019

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

Teas being poured into a cup.Cafe Culture
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Wednesday, 3rd July 2019 - Wednesday, 3rd July 2019

Wednesday, 7th August 2019 - Wednesday, 7th August 2019

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

Little girl reading book to teddy bears. Stories and Rhymes
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Tuesday, 9th July 2019 - Tuesday, 9th July 2019

Tuesday, 6th August 2019 - Tuesday, 6th August 2019

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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Thursday, 11th July 2019 - Thursday, 11th July 2019

Thursday, 15th August 2019 - Thursday, 15th August 2019

Thursday, 12th September 2019 - Thursday, 12th September 2019

Image of a film roll Film Club
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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

Special Offers

  • SUMMER SUNSHINE OFFER FROM BUZZLINES
    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

    More offers like this - Summer Special Offers

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    139
  • Very Good
    83
  • Average
    24
  • Poor
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  • Terrible
    5

Recent Reviews:

  • Michael A
    Gillingham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Easy access and very interesting
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 17th April 2019
    Although in an ancient building, access is good for us who are less mobile. The displays are good and varied. Very good for the grandchildren, who enjoyed the interactive parts. Very inclusive. Read full review
  • 944natalieg
    Maidstone, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Family Adventure
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
    My girls, four and eight, love a visit to the museum. Every time my eight year old starts a new topic at school we head to the museum to see what we can find to help with her homework. Last time it... Read full review
  • 340cliffw
    Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Really nice place to go any weather
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 8th June 2019
    The staff are LOVLEY , free entry, all of the exhibits are really nicely done .the whole place is a delete to go around , Fab place thank you cliff 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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