Maidstone Museums

Type:Museum

St Faith's Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH

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About

Re-opening 19th May

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.

 

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
ChildFree
ConcessionFree
FamilyFree
Admisson FreeFree

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

Events

Tuesday, 2nd February 2021 - Sunday, 16th May 2021

Bronze Age HoardBronze Age HoardSit back and enjoy this illustrated, online talk by Sophia Adams about the massive Late Bronze Age hoard from Boughton Malherbe; an international story in a local setting.
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Saturday, 3rd July 2021 - Saturday, 4th September 2021

Star Wars Poster - may the force be with youMay the Toys Be With YouA long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…. From X-Wing fighters to lightsabres, May The Toys Be With You is one of the UK’s finest collections of vintage Star Wars toys, original cinema posters and set props. Take a selfie next to Jabba the Hut’s ‘favourite decoration’ of Hans Solo trapped in…
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Friday, 23rd July 2021 - Friday, 17th December 2021

Pants on a washing linePants!Why do we wear underwear? What does your underwear say about you? Take a journey by the seat of your pants to discover everything you didn’t know about underwear! Under 5’s free.
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Saturday, 18th September 2021 - Saturday, 30th October 2021

Cloud glaze potteryKent Potters Association - Open ExhibitionNew and exciting contemporary ceramics created by local potters in a special exhibition from the Kent Potters Association. Our aim is to showcase local ceramic artists in the Kent area. We also want to educate visitors as to how ceramics are made and give them the opportunity to meet the artists.
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Saturday, 13th November 2021 - Saturday, 11th December 2021

Sample of textiles and stichingTextile TravelsA showcase presenting a breadth of skills, including the Traditional & Contemporary techniques practiced by Group members: from beginners to international tutors, with a growing band of junior embroiderers.
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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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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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Recent Reviews:

  • Taggert1
    Gillingham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Visit to Maidstone
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 24th October 2020
    Visited recently with grandchildren spent only a small amount of time probably due to their age. All covid restrictions in place and all one way. Shame that cafe not open. Have visited before and... Read full review
  • Jan_KKent
    Kent
    Disappointing Visit, Maidstone can do better.
    3 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 27th October 2020
    The Sounds of Rural England is a non event and I am surprised that Maidstone still on their website “advertise” it an an exhibition! I don’t consider 2 cases with Kentish items in it anything to do... Read full review
  • Fomzine
    Woking, United Kingdom
    Good Local Museum
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 15th November 2020
    Lots to see in this local museum, a section on the local army battalions. A natural history zone. A special exhibit on Japanese and Nepalese customs and costumes (the Nepalese exhibit is a temporary... Read full review

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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

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
DayTimes
2021 Opening Off Peak (19 May 2021 - 30 June 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - Saturday10:00 - 16:30
SundayClosed
Bank HolidayClosed
2021 Opening Peak Season (1 July 2021 - 30 Sept 2021)
DayTimes
MondayClosed
Tuesday - Saturday10:00 - 16:30
SundayClosed
Bank HolidayClosed
2021 Winter Opening (1 Oct 2021 - 11 Dec 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - Saturday10:00 - 16:30
SundayClosed
Bank HolidayClosed
2021 Winter Closed (11 Dec 2021 - 16 Feb 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - SundayClosed
Bank HolidayClosed

* Last Entry to the Museum is 4pm.

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