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.
Re-Imagining the Doll's House

Re-Imagining the Doll's House

  • 15 September — 10 November 2018 *on now

A collaborative exhibition of historic doll’s houses from the museum’s own collections, combined with contemporary artists’ and makers’ work, exploring the wider concept and meaning of a small or miniature house.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/re-imagining-dolls-house/

Glorious Glass

Glorious Glass

  • 15 September — 10 November 2018 *on now

Celebrating 20 years of the Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) as the principle advocate of artists and collectors of contemporary glass nationally and internationally.

Works from both international high flyers and hobbyists from the South East are featured in this exhibition.

The glorious colours, textures, use of light and variety of techniques of contemporary glass are displayed for everyone to enjoy.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/glorious-glass/

Secrets from the Earth

Secrets from the Earth

  • 19 September — 14 October 2018 *on now

An exhibition of drawings and glass pieces with the central theme of the natural world.

Annie Ross trained as a Fine Artist and developed an interest in glass as a parallel sculptural material. The work on show acts as a backdrop and research tool for three-dimensional glass, some of which is on show in the temporary exhibition gallery during the Contemporary Glass Society’s exhibition ‘Glorious Glass’.

The work represents ongoing research describing nature through the focal range of the symbolic ‘Lens’ that artists use.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/secrets-from-the-earth/

Coming Here, Being Here

Coming Here, Being Here

  • 2 October — 3 November 2018

A selection of objects chosen by the Nepalese Women’s Group revealing their experiences of coming to and living in this country.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/coming-here-being-here/

5,000 Poppies

5,000 Poppies

  • 6 November — 21 December 2018

Taking inspiration from a small Australian community project, 5,000 poppies has become an international project in commemoration of 100 years of the Armistice.

Golding Vision invite you to be a part of Maidstone’s own tribute, culminating in a stunning display of all the poppies made.

All poppies will be donated to the Royal British Legion to help with their fundraising efforts during their poppy appeal in 2019.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/5000-poppies/

Retro-Active

Retro-Active

  • 24 November 2018 — 26 January 2019

Retro-active is an exciting new show presenting a dialogue between the work of groupsixtysix – six friends and artists – all graduates of Medway College of Art in 1966 – who developed their practice in those early days of blossoming youth culture, civil rights, World Cup victory and optimism.

Following successful and fulfilling careers in television, publishing, design and graphics, the collective have all retired and are pursuing their own fine art interests. It is this that has brought them back together, enhanced their friendship, enabled sharing and cross-referencing of ideas and mediums and provided many opportunities for helpless laughter.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/retro-active/

MYAA

Maidstone Young Artist Award Exhibition

  • 9 February — 21 April 2019

An exhibition of 80+ works shortlisted for the Maistone Young Artist Award.

This exciting new bi-annual award is open to young artists in Maidstone, Kent and the South East. With two age categories of 16 – 21 and 22 – 30 years old, it gives young artists within education, or just establishing themselves, the chance to win the prestigious Maidstone Young Artist Award as well as a platform to exhibit and sell their artworks within the museums’ temporary exhibition galleries.

The Visitors Vote

Visitors to the exhibition are given the chance to vote for their favourite artwork. The piece with the most votes wins ‘The Visitor Vote’. The artist’s prize will be to have an exhibition of their own artwork in the Cafe Gallery during 2019.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/maidstone-young-artist-award-exhibition/

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.
Exploring Textiles

Exploring Textiles in Design

  • 6 September — 1 November 2018 *on now

Artist Anne Delacour leads another 8 week course exploring the use of textiles to create beautiful and crazy pieces to wear or to display.

Distress fabric, embellish it, upcycle, bubble, stick, shrink!

Some materials provided.

Workshops are held in the museum’s light-filled Glassroom.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Course Fee £80

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/exploring-textiles-design-4/

Quiz Night

Museum Lates: Quiz Night

  • 27 September 2018 6-9pm

Join us for five fiendish rounds of quirky questions, including a round of mystery museum objects and a round in the galleries.

Your ticket includes a jacket potato with a choice of fillings.

Over 18s only.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10 per person

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/museum-lates-quiz-night-3/

Family Arts Award

Family Arts Award Day - Glass

  • 6 October 2018 10am-4pm

Work with a glass artist as you explore glass in the museum. Find out about different glass art techniques and create your own glass work to gain a Discover level Arts Award!

A certificate is awarded by Trinity College; delivery is 6-8 weeks, but children will receive a museum certificate at the end of the day.

Children must be accompanied by an adult, who can bring up to 3 children.

All materials provided.

Please bring a packed lunch or eat in our cafe.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£20 per child

Website

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

Drinks & Brewing

Memories Day: Drinks & Brewing

  • 12 October 2018 11am-12pm

Did you work in the brewing or drinks industry in Maidstone?

Come and meet up with others like you and tell us your stories. We’ll record some of your stories on the day too.

There will also be a talk by a special guest – details to be confirmed shortly!

It’s free to attend the meet up, but you’ll need a ticket for the talk.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Meeting is free but the talk is ticketed - £5 per person

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/memories-day-drinks-brewing/

Transformations

Transformations

  • 20 October 2018 11am-3:30pm

Artist and doll’s house restorer Veronica Tonge leads a day-long workshop on transforming dolls houses and their contents to give them an antique feel.

Materials, including paint and a piece of wooden furniture will be provided, but please bring along another wooden piece to work on.

Small doll’s houses can be brought in too.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£40 per person

Website

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

Half Term Activities

October Half Term Workshops

  • 23 — 26 October 2018

Enjoy a week of creative craft activities inspired by autumn.

Tuesday: Create an autumn suncatcher

Wednesday: Come and paint a tealight candle holder

Thursday: Make a skeleton scarecrow ready for Halloween

Friday: Make a megaphone to scare your neighbours on Halloween

Suitable for ages 4 – 11 years

4 sessions per day: 10.30 – 11.30; 12.00 – 13.00; 13.30 – 14.30 & 15.00 – 16.00

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£3 per child

Website

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

Creating glass jewellery

Creating Glass Jewellery

  • 27 October 2018 2-4pm

Using clear and coloured glass, frits, stringers and other glass elements, you’ll create a range of beautiful jewellery pieces which are fused before your eyes using a microwave and a mini kiln!

In conjunction with the ‘Glorious Glass’ exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£25 per person

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/creating-glass-jewellery/

Ghost tours for kids

Ghost Tours for Kids

  • 31 October 2018 4-6pm

Dare you leave your parents behind and follow our storyteller to explore the museum’s creepy rooms?

Finish by icing your own gingerbread ghost!

Suitable for ages 7 – 11 years

First tour at 4pm, second tour at 5pm

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£6 per child

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/ghost-tours-kids/

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Film Night - Rocky Horror Picture Show

  • 31 October 2018 7-10pm

Timewarp with us on Halloween night!

Your ticket includes a Transylvanian cocktail (or soft drink alternative).

The bar will be open throughout, with popcorn and snacks available to buy.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£12 per person

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/film-night-rocky-horror-picture-show/

Museum Lates: Ghost Tours

Museum Lates: Ghost Tours

  • 1 November 2018 6-9pm

The night starts with one of our ‘ShockTails’ (soft drink option available), then gather your courage for a tour uncovering the urban legends and ghost stories associated with the museum.

Tours at 6.30pm and 7.30pm

Over 18s only.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£12 per person

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/museum-lates-ghost-tours/

Glassmakers & Miniaturists Fair

Glassmakers & Miniaturists Fair

  • 3 November 2018 10am-4pm

Browse a host of stalls from glassmakers and miniaturists across the South East.

Treat yourself or buy something unique as a Christmas present!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/whats-on/events/glassmakers-fair/

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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