Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery

Maidstone Museum
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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.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Tue-Sat 10.00-17.00
Sun 12.00-16.00 (Closed on Sundays from Nov-Mar)

Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

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.
Japan: A Floating World in Print

Japan: A Floating World in Print

  • 1 April — 10 June 2017 *on now

A captivating display of over 60 ukiyo-e prints from the 18th to the 20th century. With dramatic landscapes from the Edo and Meiji print masters, including Hokusai and Hiroshige, to Bijinga prints of beautiful courtesans and the colourful prints of the 20th century from Ogata Gekko, this exhibition is sure to surprise and delight.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults – £4 (£3.50 when booked online)
Children – FREE

Website

http://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/japan-floating-world-print/

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.
Museum Lates: Japanese Night

Museum Lates: Japanese Night

  • 25 May 2017 6-9pm *on now

Enjoy tastings of Japanese food, beer, juices and sake from cuisine masters Wagamama, and find out about the history of culinary art in this stunning country. Join our curators for an insight into Japanese culture through our internationally important collection, including a look at tea ceremony wares. Ticket includes curators talk and all tastings – please ensure you order the correct ticket (either the 18:30 talk/19:30 tasting or 18:30 tasting/19:30 talk) when booking.

Tickets are strictly limited – early booking advised.

Over 18s only.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/museum-lates-japanese-night/

Dino Day

Dino Day

  • 27 May 2017 10am-5pm

Meet Rex! Here for one day only, he’s big, he’s fast and he’s SCARY!

Rex is free to see. He’ll appear at 10.30, 12.30 and 14.30.

Children can also have fun making their own dino tail and be like Rex (£3 per child).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/dino-day/

Half Term Week Make-It Workshops

Half Term Week Make-It Workshops

  • 30 May 2017 10:30am-3pm

Fun-filled craft activities inspired by our exhibition ‘Japan: A Floating World in Print‘ – guaranteed to keep the children entertained.

Tuesday: Japanese Fish Kites – make a Japanese-inspired fish kite

Wednesday: Japanese dolls – make a Japanese-inspired figure

Thursday: Samurai Helmets – make a Samurai helmet to wear home

Friday: Japanese Fans – make and decorate a Japanese-inspired fan

Suitable for ages 4+. Max 20 children per session.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£3 per child (two for £5)

Website

http://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/half-term-week-make-workshops/

Family Arts Award Day

Family Arts Award Day

  • 24 June 2017 10am-4pm

Weird Creatures – animal-themed Arts Award.

We are excited to offer children aged 5+ the opportunity to gain a Discover Arts Award through our ‘Discover in a Day’ package.

Children, with a parent/guardian, investigate different art forms, find out about the museum’s natural history collection, create a piece of art and share their work – all in one day! Upon completion, a certificate is awarded by Trinity College. Please note, children’s work is moderated by the team and certificates are ordered on completion. Delivery of certificates can take 6-8 weeks. A museum certificate is awarded on completion of the day and the official Arts Award Certificate will be sent or can be collected once they arrive at the museum.

Limited availability of just 15 spaces for children, accompanied by one adult.

All resources are provided. This is a full day, with a 30-45 minute lunch break, so please bring a packed lunch or eat in our cafe.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 14-15

Admission

£20 per person (£18 MMF members)

Website

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

Museum Lates: Kentish Wares

Museum Lates: Kentish Wares

  • 29 June 2017 6-9pm

Hear from our curators about the historic local industries that shaped Maidstone, then meet local beer, cider, wine and food producers. Sample them all and buy your favourites!

The curators talk is free but numbers are limited – please book online.

No need to book for the incredible edibles, just turn up and enjoy!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/museum-lates-kentish-wares/

Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery
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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