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.
Masks and Puppets

The Magic of Masks and Puppets

  • 21 November 2015 — 20 February 2016 *on now

The Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre presents a beautiful and quirky collection of masks and puppets from around the world, including favourites like Punch and Judy, Japanese shadow puppets, commedia dell'arte leather masks, and film animatronics.

Family activities available in the galleries.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Maidstone Museum

Catching Rainbows: A Digital Metamorphosis

  • 2 — 27 February 2016 *on now

Imelda Bell is a multi award-winning photographer and a qualified member of the Guild of Professional Photographers. She specialises in newborn art, children's photography and digital art photography.

She photographs a variety of subjects, and then applies various post production techniques to create a piece of digital art.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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.

Half Term Make It Workshops

  • 15 — 19 February 2016

A week of fun-filled activities to keep the kids entertained.

Monday: Make a nature themed wind chime or a nature inspired mask

Tuesday: T-shirt designing. This will be £3.50 per child, two for £6

Wednesday: Choose from shields or superhero themed masks

Thursday: Mystery activity day

Friday: Make your own fan or a Japanese themed mask

Four sessions: 10.30-11.30; 11.30-12.30; 13.00-14.00; 14.00-15.00

15 children per session. Bookable in person on the day.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6




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


General Information


General Enquiries


General Enquiries

01622 602838/9

Education Enquiries

01622 602853

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