Maidstone Museums

Maidstone Museum
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Maidstone Museum is an award-winning museum, housed in a beautiful Elizabethan manor house, and is one of the best in the South-East. Highlights include a 2,700 year old mummy; Maidstone's local history; a fascinating journey through time to when dinosaurs walked the earth; one of the finest collections of Japanese art in the country; magnificent 'Old Master' oil paintings; and the splendour of the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regimental Museum.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Tue-Sat 10.00-17.00
Sun 12.00-16.00 (1 Apr- 31 Oct only)
Mondays closed

Admission charges

FREE ENTRY

Fine and Applied Art: Dutch and Italian Old Masters, British School, Victorian and Contemporary Paintings, Prints and Sculptures; Textiles, Costume and Accessories; Outstanding Japanese Collections; Furniture and Ceramics.

Natural History: Discover the biodiversity and ecology of Kent and its geological evolution over 300 million years.

Human History: Archaeology, Eqyptian, Medieaval, Victorian Explorers, Maidstone Connections: 'The History of our County Town'.

The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regimental Museum: Uniforms, Medals, Weapons, Wars and Battles including WW1 and WW2.

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Bluebell Hill by Roy Sparkes

Roy Sparkes: Past & Present

  • 24 February — 22 April 2018

This exhibition of Roy’s works from the past and present include dynamic interpretations of landscape, sea and coastline.
Paintings by this local artist have been widely exhibited in this country and abroad. They can be found in both private and public collections as well as in many international publications.
His use of marks on the surface of the canvas and paper present physical traces of experiences lived and are not merely representations.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/roy-sparkes/

WI Arts & Crafts

100 Years of the West Kent WI

  • 4 — 29 April 2018

The National Federation of Women’s Institutes is the largest women’s organisation in the UK. Its ideals of truth, justice, tolerance and fellowship are as strong now as in 1915, when the first WI was formed in Wales.
This exhibition celebrates 100 years of the West Kent Federation of the Women’s Institute, looking at what has been achieved locally and nationally through expanding their horizons and skills, whilst providing effective roles in their own communities.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/100-years-west-kent-wi/

Inking Woman

The Inking Woman

  • 5 May — 24 June 2018

This exhibition – the largest of its kind to date – demonstrates that women have always had a wicked sense of humour and a perceptive view of the world.
The work of 100 British Cartoon and Comic Artists comes together to reveal a wealth of women’s wit and insight, spanning 250 years.
Prints from the 18th century, caricatures, jokes, editorial and strip cartoons, postcards, comics, graphic novels and digital comics are all included.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £4, Children (12 - 18 yrs) £2, Children under 11 Free, Family £10

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/the-inking-woman/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Women's Suffrage

The Women's Suffrage Campaign in Kent

  • 3 March 2018 11am-12pm

An illustrated talk exploring how the campaign for women’s suffrage was fought in Kent.
Hear some interesting and surprising stories about the brave women who took up the suffragette colours or campaigned by other means for political equality.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5 per person

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/womens-suffrage-campaign-kent/

Ta-Kush

Facing the Past

  • 7 March 2018 7-8pm

Find out from our curators and the ‘FaceLab’ creators at Liverpool how the ancient Egyptian mummies at the museum have been brought to life.
Your ticket will include an exclusive look at the Ancient Lives gallery and a glass of wine.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10 per person

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/facing-the-past/

Mother's Day

Mother's Day Celebration

  • 11 March 2018 3-5pm

Treat mum to an exclusive event for Mother’s Day!

Enjoy a delicious cream tea served in our historic library, with a behind-the-scenes tour and special insight into our fabulous costume collection.

Early booking advised as spaces are limited.

Two sittings: Tea at 3pm with Tour at 4pm (Book for Tea & Tour); or Tour at 3pm with Tea at 4pm (Book for Tour & Tea)

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£18 per person

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/mothers-day-celebration/

Family Arts Award - Greeks

Family Arts Award Day - The Greeks

  • 17 March 2018 10am-4pm

We’re excited to offer children aged 5+ the opportunity to gain a ‘Discover’ Arts Award!
Investigate different art forms, find out about our Greek collection, create a piece of art and share it, all in one day.

Limited availability – just 15 spaces for children, accompanied by an adult.

All resources provided.

A certificate is awarded by Trinity College, London, on completion. Delivery takes 6-8 weeks and can be collected from us or posted out. A Museum certificate is awarded on the day.

Please bring a packed lunch or treat yourself to a meal in our cafe.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£20 per child

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/family-arts-award-day-greeks/

Coldrum

Early Peoples: Building BIG

  • 24 March 2018 10am-12:30pm

Find out how the people in this area lived and died around 6,000 years ago.
Enjoy a talk with artefact handling, followed by a trip to Coldrum Long Barrow.

Own transport required (approx 9 mile drive each way). The barrow is a short walk from the car park through fields.

Numbers limited so early booking advised.

Admission

£10 per person

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/early-peoples-building-big/

Film Night - The Italian Job

Museum Lates: Film Night - The Italian Job

  • 29 March 2018 6-9pm

Become a member of the Self-Preservation Society!

Watch the classic 1960’s film ‘The Italian Job’ and enjoy a 60’s cocktail.

Join the museum staff in dressing up for the occasion!

Film starts at 6.30pm

Over 18’s only

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10 per person

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/museum-lates-italian-job-film-night/

Maidstone Museums
St. Faiths Street
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 1LH
England

Website

General Information

www.museum.maidstone.gov.uk

E-mail

General Enquiries

museuminfo@maidstone.gov.uk

Telephone

General Enquiries

01622 602838/9

Education Enquiries

01622 602853

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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