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 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, 9th February 2019 - Sunday, 21st April 2019

Maidstone Young Artist Award Exhibition
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Saturday, 16th February 2019 - Saturday, 23rd February 2019

Spike's Dino Trail
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Tuesday, 19th February 2019 - Friday, 22nd February 2019

February Half Term Make It WorkshopsEnjoy a whole week of creative craft activities, ideal for children aged 4+ 4 sessions per day at 10.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm
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Thursday, 28th February 2019 - Thursday, 28th February 2019

Museum Lates: Film Night - The Shape of Water
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Friday, 8th March 2019 - Friday, 8th March 2019

International Women's Day: Creators, Collectors, Curators
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Tuesday, 12th March 2019 - Tuesday, 12th March 2019

What's in Store?
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Thursday, 28th March 2019 - Thursday, 28th March 2019

Museum Lates: Quiz Night
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Saturday, 30th March 2019 - Saturday, 30th March 2019

Jumbo Dumbo Day
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Sunday, 31st March 2019 - Sunday, 31st March 2019

Mother's Day Cream Team & Costume
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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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Recent Reviews:

  • Jason W
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Wow - fantastic new find!
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 5th January 2019
    We have been visiting Maidstone for years and kept talking about visiting the museum. Had 90 minutes to kill today so popped in and what a charming place it is. It is also free which is an added... Read full review
  • Taggert1
    Rochester, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Day out
    3 of 5 stars
    Monday, 7th January 2019
    Went for a short visit recently. Quite a small museum but quite interesting. Free to enter has its own cafe all staff very friendly. Easily accessed from Maidstone town centre nearest parking at... Read full review
  • Sue B
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Cafe
    1 of 5 stars
    Monday, 28th January 2019
    Half of what they advertise wasn't available. One person trying to serve a lot of people. Long waits. 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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