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4 July - 6 September   Brick City

A stunning exhibition of architectural landmarks made in LEGO bricks. Come and build your dream! 


Maidstone Museum is home to a vast collection of fine art and historical artefacts of international importance and is free to all visitors.

Founded in 1858 as the Charles Museum, after local Doctor Thomas Charles bequeathed his art & antiquities to the Borough Council in 1855, the Museum is housed in Chillington Manor, a charming Elizabethan Mansion in Maidstone Town Centre.

Maidstone Museum has over 600,000 artefacts in its collections, the largest in Kent and one of the best in the south east, with specialist collections in: Archaeology, Costume, Ancient Egypt, Ethnography, Biology, Fine Art, Geology, Local History and Japanese decorative arts and prints.

Within Maidstone Museum is the Bentlif Art Gallery: an extensive collection of watercolour and oil paintings donated by the Bentlif brothers which can be viewed digitally, and the Queens Own Royal West Kent Regimental Museum: an independent museum which tells the history of the QORWK and its predecessors from the mid 18th C to 1961. 

Maidstone Museum has great temporary exhibition galleries which play host to a number of quality and diverse touring exhibitions over the course of a year, so there is always something new to see. We also have some great exhibitions for hire, as well as exhbition space to hire in our Café Gallery.

Throughout the year there is a busy and diverse schedule of events at Maidstone Museum, from craft activities and hands on workshops to tours and talks. 

Maidstone Museum is a fantastic place to come for a group visit. If you’re coming as a family take a tour with Spike, the friendly Museum dinosaur on one of our iPads.

The Museum is also very popular for school visits. If you are looking for a new idea for your child's birthday, we also do Birthday parties!

There are many ways you can help support the Museum from donations to volunteering, or else by joining the Maidstone Museums’ Foundation. For paid job opportunities with the Museum, check our Job Vacancies page.

If you are interested in making use of the Museum’s Enquiries/Identifications Service, Object Acquisition Programme (Donations) or looking to conduct research relating to our holdings, then you can find out information on both on our Advice for Collection Enquirers page.


Maidstone Museum & Bentliff Art Gallery 

Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, St. Faith's Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH

 

 
 

 

 

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Opening Times

Museum Opening: 10am - 5pm Mon to Sat. 12pm - 4pm Sun.

Carriage

Carriage Museum

The Carriage Museum is open from 1st May 2015. Group visits can be booked by contacting the bookings team on 01622 602314/602847 or museumbookings@maidstone.gov.uk. Admission charges apply

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Events Calendar

  • Friday 3rd to Friday 3rd July 2015

    Storytelling 7
    10:30am-11:15am

    Story Time

    Every Friday we will be holding storytelling and craft activities in the galleries lasting around...

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  • Saturday 4th July to Sunday 6th September 2015

    Brick City in words
    10:00am-5:00pm

    Brick City

    Our summer exhibition is a fabulous exhibition of well known buildings  made out of LEGO®...

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  • Friday 10th to Friday 10th July 2015

    Brick City loose bricks
    12:30pm-4:30pm

    Brick by Brick

    Visitors to the Brick City exhibition can help us paint a picture of Spike our Iguanodon, in...

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