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Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery

Maidstone Museum is housed in a charming Elizabethan Manor House, in the centre of Maidstone - Kent's County Town. Each gallery will fascinate and surprise; with a wealth of exhibits and objects to see and enjoy as well as regular storytelling, wiggle & jiggle and children's holiday activities.

If you are unable to visit the museum today, then take a virtual tour of our reception, Glass Room, Library, Japanese Gallery and the Kentish Deli Cafe now.

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New! Take the family iPad tour with Spike, our friendly Museum dinosaur! These trails are free and available daily from the front desk, on condition of leaving a valid photo ID as deposit (driving licence, passport, bus pass only). Please note, the trail takes approx. 40 minutes, and therefore the ipads will only be given out until 4.15pm.

The Age of Glamour - R. S. Sherriffs’ Stars of Stage & Screen
Saturday 17 May to Friday 1st August 2014

A unique collection of glamorous 1920s and 1930s portraits.

Talons and Tiaras
Saturday 17 May to Sunday 3 August 2014

A new and vibrant collection of couture evening gowns inspired by British birds and vintage glamour.
Created by dress designer and textile artist Kate Plumtree.

See more information on our forthcoming exhibitions. 

DID YOU KNOW... that you can view our oil painting collections through the BBC Your Paintings: Public Catalogue Foundation

 Maidstone Museum & Bentliff Art Gallery 




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Opening Times

The Museum is open from 10:00 to 17:00 Monday to Saturday and Bank Holidays from 12.00 - 16.00. Sunday opening will be from 6 April - 26 October 2014 from 12.00 - 16.00


Carriage Museum Open

Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages, at Mill St, Maidstone, is open 12 - 4pm Wednesday to Sunday until Sunday 14 September. Entry charges apply from 7 May onwards.

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Events Calendar

  • Saturday 17th May to Sunday 3rd August 2014

    Talons and tiaras
    All Day

    Talons and Tiaras

    A new and inspired collection of couture evening gowns inspired by British birds and vintage...

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  • Saturday 17th May to Sunday 3rd August 2014

    Age of Glamour
    All Day

    The Age of Glamour

    A unique collection of images drawn from London’s Cartoon Museum’s Sherriffs’...

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  • Monday 28th July 2014

    Family Workshop 4

    Amazing Animals

    Ears, Tails and Claws Create your own set of ears, claws and a tail and become an amazing animal....

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