Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery

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Map of Maidstone with the Museums'' location

Entry to the Maidstone Museum, including the Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment Museum is Free!

Opening Times
Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday & Bank Holidays 12.00 - 16.00 (Closed on Sunday Nov - Mar)

** PLEASE NOTE Our Japanese gallery will be closed between the 12th and 16th May 2014 **

Entrance to the Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages:  £2.00 Adult.  £1.00 Senior Citizen and Child over 5.  Child under 5 free

Opening Times:Wednesday to Sunday 12.00pm to 4.00pm. Last admission 3.30pm.  Open Bank Holiday Mondays.

The Carriage museum is open from 30th April 2014 - September 2014

If you would like to book a school visit to the Museum or the Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages please contact our Education Team on museumeducation@maidstone.gov.uk or call 01622 602853

Due to the nature of our historical buildings, physical access to Maidstone’s Museums is somewhat limited. We have implemented improvements advised by the V&A, and further improvements were made during the redevelopment of our West Wing, which now includes ramped access. Our East Wing Development has ensured greater access to our collections, buildings and improved facilities with disabled facilities and a lift to the first floor fine art and exhibition galleries. Plesae give us your feedback to help us improve access for you.

Virtual access to our collections is available through our collections pages. If you would like to view certain artefacts, an appointment can be made with a member of our collections team who are happy to bring the objects out into an accessible area for you. Please use our Contact Us page to make an appointment.

Disabled Parking
We have disabled parking spaces at all our museums. At Maidstone Museum parking is at the rear of the building. Wheelchair users will need to journey through Brenchley Gardens, down a slight gradient to the ramped access at the front of the building. Prior booking is essential as the spaces are also used for deliveries. Please call 01622 602838 to arrange a suitable time to reserve your space. See our How to Find Us page for directions.

Visual Assistance
All assistance dogs are welcome in the Museum. Please Contact Us if you require information in audio or Braille.

We have torches and magnifying sheets available to borrow at reception. A refundable deposit of £2 will be requested by reception staff.

Handling Objects
Our events include ‘Hands On Stations’ where you can handle artefacts and specimens from our collections, with staff and volunteers on hand to discuss the objects. Please Contact Us to find out when the next event is. If you are interested in viewing certain artefacts an appointment can be made with any of our keepers who are happy to bring the objects out into an accessible area for you. Please use our Contact Us page to make an appointment.

Hard of Hearing Groups
All assistance dogs are welcome in the Museum. Tours for groups and schools using their own interpreter can be booked through Benita Lee-Allder or Alex Gurr on 01622 602314 or 602847 or email museuminfo@maidstone.gov.uk

Wheelchair and Buggy Access
We have wheelchair and buggy access to the majority of the ground floor with accessible toilets and baby changing facilities. There is also access via a lift to the first floor giving access to the temporary exhibition areas, art gallery, Japanese gallery and Glass Room. An Accessible toilets are also available on the upper floor. Please download our Museum Floor maps to help plan your visit.

In summary wheelchair and buggy users have access to:

Ground Floor
Reception/ Visitor Information
Gift Shop
Collectors Gallery
Accessible toilets & Baby Changing facilities
Sculpture Hall
Lady Godiva Courtyard
Library (by appointment only)
Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment Museum
Great Hall
Local History Gallery
Dressing Rooms Gallery
Kentish Deli-Cafe
                                                                                                         

First Floor
Bentlif I Gallery - Fine Art, Sculpture and Furniture
Japanese Gallery
Bentlif II Gallery & Bearsted-Bentlif Gallery - Temporary Exhibitions
The Glass Room (by appointment only)
Accessible Toilet

We have a new buggy store close to reception. We do request that you carry your valuables with you.
Scooters are too heavy for the wheelchair lift, sited between the Queens Own Royal West Kent Museum and the Sculpture displays in the Museum. A manual wheelchair is available for you to borrow during your visit. Please bring assistance with you and call us on 01622 602838 or email museuminfo@maidstone.gov.uk to book our manual wheelchair.

Baby Changing
There is baby changing facilities available in the disabled facilities on the ground floor.

Parent and Child Parking
The nearest parent and child parking is in the Chequers Centre car park. See our How to Find Us page for directions.

 

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Events Colour Key

Events Colour Key

  • 'Hands on' Stations
  • Tiny Talk Time
  • Drop-in Art/Craft
  • Special Events
  • Talk
  • Musical Mery-Go-Round
  • Exhibition
  • Multiple Events
New Wing

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