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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Admisson FreeFree

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


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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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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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, 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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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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Friday, 14th February 2020 - Friday, 14th February 2020

Valentine's Day Escape RoomValentine’s Day Escape Room Looking to avoid Cupids Arrow? Escape From love at Maidstone Museum, completing puzzles to unlock rooms (and learning a bit of history on the way!). Two tours: 6:30pm and 7:30pm. 18+ Singles, ticket includes a drink.
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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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Saturday, 14th March 2020 - Sunday, 21st June 2020

Do You See What I See? Nepalese CommunityWorking closely with the Nepalese Community, this exhibition explores the differences between Maidstone and Nepal through their eyes.
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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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  • 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



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Recent Reviews:

    Incredible number of interesting exhibits and free entry
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 17th November 2019
    Helpful, knowledgable and friendly staff. You need them to make the most of your trip because there are exhibits that you'll miss otherwise. The range of items from around the world donated by kent... Read full review
  • 998neil76
    Rochester, United Kingdom
    Superb museum!
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 29th November 2019
    For a small provincial museum I think this place is amazing! There is lots to see inside and the museum exhibition planners have obviously given a lot of thought to spacial planning making the most... Read full review
  • emmaday16
    Hampshire, United Kingdom
    Bigger than expected!
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 26th January 2020
    Visited on a quiet Thursday afternoon, only a couple of others there. We walked in expecting a couple of small displays but were amazed at what we walked into! We must have spent almost two hours... Read full review

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Opening Times

2020 Opening (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
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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