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.
Sun 12.00-16.00 (1 Apr- 31 Oct only)
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
100 Years of the West Kent WI
- 4 — 29 April 2018
The National Federation of Women’s Institutes is the largest women’s organisation in the UK. Its ideals of truth, justice, tolerance and fellowship are as strong now as in 1915, when the first WI was formed in Wales.
This exhibition celebrates 100 years of the West Kent Federation of the Women’s Institute, looking at what has been achieved locally and nationally through expanding their horizons and skills, whilst providing effective roles in their own communities.
- Family friendly
Roy Sparkes: Past & Present
- 24 February — 22 April 2018 *on now
This exhibition of Roy’s works from the past and present include dynamic interpretations of landscape, sea and coastline.
Paintings by this local artist have been widely exhibited in this country and abroad. They can be found in both private and public collections as well as in many international publications.
His use of marks on the surface of the canvas and paper present physical traces of experiences lived and are not merely representations.
- Any age
The Inking Woman
- 5 May — 24 June 2018
This exhibition – the largest of its kind to date – demonstrates that women have always had a wicked sense of humour and a perceptive view of the world.
The work of 100 British Cartoon and Comic Artists comes together to reveal a wealth of women’s wit and insight, spanning 250 years.
Prints from the 18th century, caricatures, jokes, editorial and strip cartoons, postcards, comics, graphic novels and digital comics are all included.
- Family friendly
Adults £4, Children (12 - 18 yrs) £2, Children under 11 Free, Family £10
Early Peoples: Building BIG
- 24 March 2018 10am-12:30pm
Find out how the people in this area lived and died around 6,000 years ago.
Enjoy a talk with artefact handling, followed by a trip to Coldrum Long Barrow.
Own transport required (approx 9 mile drive each way). The barrow is a short walk from the car park through fields.
Numbers limited so early booking advised.
£10 per person
Museum Lates: Film Night - The Italian Job
- 29 March 2018 6-9pm
Become a member of the Self-Preservation Society!
Watch the classic 1960’s film ‘The Italian Job’ and enjoy a 60’s cocktail.
Join the museum staff in dressing up for the occasion!
Film starts at 6.30pm
Over 18’s only
£10 per person
St. Faiths Street