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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. 

Current Exhibitions... 

Bentlif Art Galleries:

Bentlif Open Art Prize 2015

Saturday 14 March - Sunday 3 May 2015

The Bentlif Open Art Prize showcases artwork from artists in the South East. The exhibition was held in 2006 and 2008 and again in 2012. The competition provides artists aged 18 years and over with a platform to exhibit and sell their original art work.

Cafe Gallery:


‘My Mum 2015’
13 - 28 March 2015

‘My Mum’ is a popular countywide feature and is now in its fourth year.

All Reception classes, Year One and Year Two pupils, are invited to draw a picture of their mum with a special message.
This is then printed in a keepsake supplement carried in the KMMedia Group's weekly paid-for titles as a surprise for their mums when they buy a copy of the newspaper.

This exhibition will cover Maidstone, Malling and Weald edition schools only and we will not be able to give notice of the dates each class will appear. The exhibition is likely to change every few days - so keep popping in!

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

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New Wing

Opening Times

Museum Opening: 10am - 5pm Mon to Sat. Museum will be CLOSED ON A SUN from November 14 for the Winter months.


Carriage Museum

The Carriage Museum is now closed for the winter and will re-open May 2015. Group visits can be booked by contacting the bookings team on 01622 602314/602847 or

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