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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.

*** PLEASE NOTE the Kentish Deli Cafe will be closed from 1pm on Wednesday 8th October for a private function. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused. ***

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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. 

Lyminge Archaeology dig exhibition

20th of May to 30th of September.

We are delighted to have on display Lyminge Archaeological Project’s travelling exhibition.
Exhibited within our Withdrawing Room we have current/recent excavations at Lyminge, with finds and interpretation.  Historic finds from Lyminge from the 1950s excavations which we hold the collections from (on permanent display in the withdrawing room), along with Anglo Saxon finds from other sites in Kent such as Sarre and Bifrons (on permanent display in the withdrawing room)

Teddy Bear Story

Saturday 9 August to Friday 1 November 2014

Teddy Bear Story, an exhibition from the V&A Museum of Childhood, looks at the fascinating history of the world's most popular toy. This is a heart-warming exhibition featuring nearly 100 teddy bears, including many rare and diverse examples, as well as teddies from books, films and television programmes.


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

Museum Opening: 10am - 5pm Mon to Sat. 12pm - 4pm Sun and Bank Hols. Museum will be CLOSED ON A SUN from Nov. XMAS OPENING: 24th to 28th Dec CLOSED 29th to 30th Dec open 10am - 5pm. 31st Dec early close at


Carriage Museum Open

Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages, at Mill St, Maidstone, is open 12.00 - 16.00 Wednesday to Sunday until Sunday 14 September. Entry charges apply from 7 May onwards.

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