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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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A Ladybird Childhood

Saturday 11 January to Sunday 11 May

Ladybird books have been part of family life since they launched in 1940 with their first title Bunnikin’s Picnic Party. Their iconic, colourful mini hardbacks, helped to cement their popularity with generations of the nation’s readers. This exhibition draws upon the vintage archive collection of original illustrations, taking you on a nostalgic journey to your own Ladybird childhood.

Admission: Free of Charge

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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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

The Carriage Museum re-opens on Wednesday 30 April and is FREE entry until Sunday 4 May. Open 12 - 4pm Wednesday to Sunday until Sunday 28 September. Entry charges apply from 7 May onwards.

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Events Calendar

  • Saturday 11th January to Sunday 11th May 2014

    Cinderella Ladybird Book
    All Day

    A Ladybird Childhood

    An exciting exhibition to enthrall both young and old. 'A Ladybird Childhood' will feature the...

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  • Friday 17th January to Friday 9th May 2014

    Little Red Riding Hood

    Storytelling Event

    Every Friday during our ladybird exhibition. Find out the stories behind the pictures. Come...

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  • Saturday 19th to Saturday 19th April 2014

    Easter Egg Hunt

    Eater Egg Hunt

    Join us throughout the holidays for our fun family Easter Egg Hunt! Search around the Museum to...

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