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.

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Opening hours

Mon-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


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.
abstract watercolour painting in lilac and red

Contemporary British Watercolours

  • 19 September — 8 November 2015 *on now

Featuring a selection of watercolour works from 21 British artists, the new Contemporary British Watercolours exhibition at Maidstone Museum provides a host of compelling works that demonstrate the 21st-century approach to what has long been heralded as a quintessentially British format.

Curated by acclaimed watercolour artist Simon Carter, the exhibition, which runs in the Bentlif II and Bearsted-Bentlif Art Galleries, charts contemporary activity within this artistic method. The display represents a fascinating insight into how watercolour as a medium has evolved in the modern era, with excitement and experimentation key to current techniques.

Exhibiting artists:
David Ainley, Lucy Austin, Claudia Böse, Julian Brown, Simon Carter, Louise Cattrell, Roy Cleary, Andrew Crane, James Faure Walker, Susie Hamilton, Marguerite Horner, Barbara Howey, Mark Jay, Kelly Jayne, Matthew Krishanu, Hannah Maybank, James Quin, Melanie Russell, Julie Umerle, Jacqueline Utley and Steven Walker.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery
St. Faiths Street
ME14 1LH


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General Enquiries

01622 602838/9

Education Enquiries

01622 602853

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