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
- 6 November — 21 December 2018 *on now
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.
- Any age
- 24 November 2018 — 26 January 2019 *on now
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.
- Any age
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.
- Any age
St. Faiths Street