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

Events

Wednesday, 7th February 2024 - Saturday, 1st June 2024

Graham Clarke ArtworkGraham Clarke: A Retrospective – 65 Years of PrintmakingThe exhibition will be an opportunity to see a vast collection of Graham’s etchings, watercolours and block prints, alongside sketchbooks and paraphernalia used to inspire and produce his work.
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Tuesday, 28th May 2024 - Tuesday, 28th May 2024

Family Films at Maidstone Museum graphicFamily Films at Maidstone Museum - PaddingtonJoin Maidstone Museum for a screening of Paddington in our beautiful library.
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Tuesday, 28th May 2024 - Thursday, 30th May 2024

Children's workshopMay Half Term - Make It! CraftsThree days of Japanese themed Make It! Crafts for children
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Wednesday, 29th May 2024 - Saturday, 13th July 2024

Artwork by Claudia CamilleriWWII Through an Artist's EyeCommemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day with wartime images from artist Claudia Camilleri
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Thursday, 6th June 2024 - Thursday, 6th June 2024

Rob ForknallRainbow MonarchsA fascinating talk on the story of Great Britain's famous queer monarchs
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Saturday, 15th June 2024 - Saturday, 15th June 2024

Arts Award logoFamily Arts Award Day - 1980s themeAGED 8-11? LOVE THE PAST? LOVE GETTING CREATIVE? Book on our 1980’s themed Arts Award Day
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Saturday, 15th June 2024 - Saturday, 7th September 2024

I Grew Up 80sI Grew Up 80s ExhibitionAn entire generation has a chance to wallow in nostalgia with the fantastic exhibition, I Grew Up 80s (as seen on TV, BBC Breakfast).
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Saturday, 22nd June 2024 - Saturday, 22nd June 2024

Family Films at Maidstone Museum graphicFamily Films at Maidstone Museum - Strange WorldTo help celebrate Pride this year, Maidstone Museum are screening Strange World, Disney’s first film to have a lead character who is openly part of the LGBTQ+ community.
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Saturday, 22nd June 2024 - Saturday, 22nd June 2024

Movie Night GraphicMovie Night at Maidstone Museum - MoonlightIn celebration of Pride 2024, Maidstone Museum are showing the Oscar winning film Moonlight.  
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Saturday, 6th July 2024 - Saturday, 6th July 2024

Movie Night GraphicMovie Night at Maidstone Museum - Top GunCalling all thrill seekers! Don't miss your chance to see the classic 'Top Gun'
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Saturday, 20th July 2024 - Saturday, 20th July 2024

Festival of Archaeology logoFestival of ArchaeologyEnjoy a day of archaeology and discovery
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Saturday, 27th July 2024 - Saturday, 27th July 2024

Steampunk FestivalSteampunk FestivalJoin in Maidstone Museum's glorious steampunk adventure! Lots of stalls and activities at the Muggleton Village Fair.
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Saturday, 10th August 2024 - Saturday, 10th August 2024

I love 80s disco banner80s Disco with DJ DebbieCome and enjoy an evening of 80s dance tunes and retro hits!
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Saturday, 17th August 2024 - Saturday, 17th August 2024

Family Films at Maidstone Museum graphicFamily Films at Maidstone Museum - The Princess BrideJoin us for a screening of The Princess Bride
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Saturday, 17th August 2024 - Saturday, 17th August 2024

Movie Night GraphicMovie Night at Maidstone Museum - Desperately Seeking SusanCalling all Madonna fans! Don't miss out on our screening of 'Desperately Seeking Susan'
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Friday, 6th September 2024 - Friday, 6th September 2024

80s quiz night graphic80s Quiz NightAre you an 80s expert? Here's your chance to prove it at our 80s quiz night
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Saturday, 14th September 2024 - Saturday, 14th September 2024

Improv 4 KidsMaidstone Improv Festival - Improv 4 KidsBring your little ones to a free Improv 4 Kids workshop
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Tuesday, 17th September 2024 - Tuesday, 17th September 2024

Improv Festival logoMaidstone Improv Festival - Museum Lates Comedy ShowJoin County Town Improv for a fantastic evening of comedy
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Thursday, 19th September 2024 - Thursday, 19th September 2024

Pirate shipA History of Pirates with Kent Archaeological SocietyDiscover more about piracy in the 16th & 17th centuries!
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Wednesday, 25th September 2024 - Saturday, 2nd November 2024

Moments in Time graphicMoments in TimeWe are delighted to display the work of Olive Graham-Desnoes in our Fine Art Gallery in celebration of Black History Month.
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Friday, 11th October 2024 - Friday, 11th October 2024

Needle felting Needle Felting Workshop with Mona WhittonJoin Mona Whitton for a relaxing needle-felting workshop
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Saturday, 12th October 2024 - Saturday, 12th October 2024

Family Films at Maidstone Museum graphicFamily Films at Maidstone Museum - Hidden FiguresTo celebrate Black History Month, we are screening 'Hidden Figures'
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Saturday, 26th October 2024 - Saturday, 30th November 2024

Jacqueline YerlettSewing the Seeds: A Legacy in ThreadAn exploration of textiles from yesteryear to the present day
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Thursday, 31st October 2024 - Thursday, 31st October 2024

Movie Night GraphicMovie Night at Maidstone Museum - PsychoEnjoy the cult classic - 'Psycho'
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Saturday, 2nd November 2024 - Saturday, 2nd November 2024

Saturday, 16th November 2024 - Saturday, 16th November 2024

Life drawing Life Drawing with Kent Art CollectiveJoin us for a creative morning of life drawing.
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Friday, 6th December 2024 - Friday, 6th December 2024

Stained glass starsChristmas Glass Workshop with Mona WhittonJoin us for a relaxing two hour session making a beautiful stained glass star decoration for your tree.
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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:

    • Sam T
      Faversham, United Kingdom
      Fun, informative, and interactive
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 12th October 2023
      Visited MM today with primary school year 4. Ros delivered an informative, fun and interactive workshop that all the children enjoyed. The workshop provided the perfect build up to the main event... Read full review
    • daniely340
      Maidstone, United Kingdom
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      Family
      Amazing place with lots to see and do
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 7th March 2024
      What an amazing place with so much to look at and do. We visited today on a school trip with 6-7 year olds. The kids had so much fun exploring all the different rooms and artefacts. Set over... Read full review
    • Sarah W
      Great venue
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 8th March 2024
      We visited with a group of SEN students some of whom are wheelchair users, the museum has recently had a new stair lift fitted that enables disabled visitors to access the basement level of the... Read full review

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    Opening Times

    2024 Opening (7 Feb 2024 - 22 Dec 2024)
    Bank HolidayClosed

    * Open Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 - 16:00 (Last entry 3:30) Closed Sunday - Tuesday

    School Holidays
    Open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

    Closed Bank Holidays

    Closed Sunday 22 December 2024- February 2025
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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

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