Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery
Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery
St. Faiths Street
Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery is an award winning museum, housed in a beautiful Elizabethan manor house, is one of the best in the South-East. Highlights include a 2,500 year old mummy; Maidstone's local history; A fascinating journey through time when dinosaurs walked the earth; One of the finest Japanese 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.
Sun 12.00-16.00 (Closed on Sundays from Nov - Mar)
Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day
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.
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
A Ladybird Childhood
- 11 January — 11 May 2014 *on now
Ladybird books have been part of famly life since they launched in 1940 with their first title Bunnikin's Picnic Party.
This exhibition draws upon the vintage archive collection of original illustrations, taking you on a nostalgic journey to your own Ladybird childhood.
- Any age
Behind the Scenes Tours
- 26 March 2014 11am-12pm
- 30 April 2014 11am-12pm
- 28 May 2014 11am-12pm
- 25 June 2014 11am-12pm
Ethnography: World Cultures - 26th March 2014
Japan - 30th April 2014
Local History - 28th May 2014
Arms and Armour - 25th June 2014
Please note, due to the nature of the stores disabled access may be limited.
Adults £7.00, Concessions & MMF members £5.00.
Please phone 01622 602838 to book.
My Ladybird Childhood
- 1 April 2014 3-4pm
Find out what it was like growing up in a Ladybird childhood in this talk with Caroline Alexander, daughter of Douglas Keen, inventor of Ladybird book.
- Any age
Adult £7.00, Concessions & MMF £5.00. Advance booking essential.
Illustration Workshop with Belinda Worsley
- 11 April 2014 10:30am-12pm, 1-2:30pm
Belinda regularly illustrates the Topsy and Tim books for Ladybird books. Pick up some fun and creative approaches to making illustrations in this family workshop.
£8.00 per child/£6.00 MMF members. Advance booking essential.
Tea, Talk and Walk
- 29 April 2014 10:30am-12:30pm
- 6 May 2014 10:30am-12:30pm
- 13 May 2014 10:30am-12:30pm
- 20 May 2014 10:30am-12:30pm
- 27 May 2014 10:30am-12:30pm
- 3 June 2014 10:30am-12:30pm
- 10 June 2014 10:30am-12:30pm
- 17 June 2014 10:30am-12:30pm
Maidstone Writers - 29th April
Maidstone and World War One - 6th May
Maidstone Art and Architecture - 13th May
Maidstone: River, Road and Rail - 20th May
Maidstone Crime and Punishment - 27th May
Maidstone Agriculture and Commerce- 3rd June
Maidstone and Religion - 10th June
Maidstone Health Wealth & Disease - 17th June
Adult £7.00, Concessions & MMF members £5.00. Booking advised on 01622 602838.
1920s Murder Mystery
- 16 May 2014 8-11pm
As part of our Museums at Night celebration, we'll be holding a preview of 'The Age of Glamour'. Venture back into the 1920s and become a detective for the night to uncover the secrets of this historic building.
Your presence is requested at Maidstone Museum for a glamorous evening to commemorate the death of the late art collector, Lord Chillington. To honour his wishes, a party will be thrown in his honour to gather together his closest acquaintances to celebrate the finer things in life. As one of Lord Chillington’s closest friends or family members, your help is needed to uncover the truth behind his suspicious death. All guests are required to attend in their finest 1920s attire, further details will be sent prior to the event.
- Not suitable for children
£30 per person, price includes your first drink. Licensed cash bar will be available. Advance booking essential.
Into the Age of Glamour: Family Sleepover
- 30 — 31 May 2014 7pm-8am
Become a film star for the evening and venture back into the 1930s for our family sleepover. You'll be welcomed onto our red carpet, play dressing up, take part in collaborative drawing activities & have a go at building a stage set! You'll also take home a black and white photograph to remember your evening by.
Maidstone Museum holds three sleepovers a year, often inspired by the current exhibition and tying in with the half term holidays. Maidstone Museum’s sleepovers are priced at £30 per person, for children aged 7 upwards. For every 5/6 children, they require at least 1 accompanying adult who must be over 18 years old. The number of adults should never exceed the number of children per group. Maidstone Museum’s sleepovers are much smaller than the ones in other museums, and this ensures you get much more out of the experience and have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and find out about the Museum.
A torch-lit trail around the galleries and games
Creating a film set
Have a go at drawing your own 1930s graphic images
Create your own glamourous T-shirt to take home
Free car parking (for night of sleepover)
All activities and exclusive tours during sleepover
Accommodation at Maidstone Museum for the night
Breakfast & evening snack
Experienced DBS-checked hosts to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience
Survivors certificate presentation in the morning
Black and White photograph to remember your evening by
So, what should we bring?
Clothes to sleep in, sleeping bag and a pillow, camping mat, toothbrush, toothpaste and a torch
£30 per person/£25 MMF members. Places must be booked at least a week in advance.