Maidstone Museum, Things To See And Do In Maidstone For Free

This is one of the leading historical attractions in Mid Kent, it's still free and was updated in 2012 with a great new award winning extension, the East Wing.

If you've visited Maidstone Museum or have some thoughts about local places of interest in general we'd like to hear from you. Our contact details are at the bottom of the page. If you're looking for more suggestions of places to visit in and around the area check out our Discover Kent page.

The Museum

A great attraction, excellent cultural, historic and educational resources and much improved by the recent developments. The Museum is still a free attraction, although donations and support are always welcome!

You’ll get a ‘very good quality experience’ if you visit Maidstone Museum, according to the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme. The museum, has received top marks for the eighth consecutive year.

A new Japanese Gallery was opened during a private launch on Sunday 22/04/12. The new gallery is part of the Eastern wing, where conditions for displaying objects are excellent. The East Wing has also recently received commendations at the national Civic Trust Awards. Assessors from the Trust said about the development:

“represents excellent value for money, transforming a local museum through new additions and alterations to the existing Grade II building, part of a phased redevelopment of the site acting as the catalyst for regeneration of this part of Maidstone.”

The New East Wing At Maidstone Museum
The New East Wing

The Collections

Elizabethan Chillington Manor is the home to an excellent museum and art gallery. The 650 year old house is impressive in itself and a fitting home for the collections. The museum holds a wide range of artifacts in several collections:

  • Ancient Egyptians
  • Archaeology
  • Costume
  • Ethnography
  • Biology
  • Fine & Decorative Art
  • Geology
  • Japanese
  • Decorative Arts & Prints
  • Local History

The collections are eclectic enough to have something to interest almost everyone. The museum is also the home of The QORWK (Queen's Own Royal West Kent) Regimental Museum and The Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages.

Maidstone Museum has a regular cycle of classes and activities as well as ad hoc programmes for children and adults, check the website out or give them a call if you are thinking of visiting, they will be only too happy to tell you if there's something special going on. There is a gift and coffee shop and entrance is free, and its right in the heart of Maidstone, just a stone's throw from Maidstone East station 

Events

Maidstone Museum works really hard to create exciting ways to engage with the collections, there are events throughout the year. For example the spooky Egyptian sleep over on Friday 13th, Egyptian themed crafts and role play followed by a night in the Great Hall.

Maidstone at night
The Museum at night

Visit the website events page for the latest news.

Visitor Facilities

  • Free entry
  • The Learning Service is available to schools. To find out more about what can be offered visit the website or contact the Learning Assistants Lucy Waight and Amber Cottee on 01622 602853
  • The Barge Deli Cafe - Drinks and hot and cold meals run by the owner of the Barge Restaurant, James Bailey. The new Barge Kentish deli-café has been opened as part of the museum’s revamp for the East Wing Extension. It is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm-3pm on Sundays.
  • Gift Shop - something for every pocket and taste.
  • Room Hire - Hold your meeting or event for up to 120 people at the Museum. For a conference pack please email museumbookings@maidstone.gov.uk or call 01622 602847.
  • Disabled Access - The Museum's ground floor is wholly wheelchair accessible.
  • Baby Changing - Baby changing facilities are available in the ladies toilets.

The East Wing Development has led to improvements to disabled facilities and a lift to the first floor. If you have any feedback (good or bad) please let them the museum know. For precise details of what wheelchairs can or can't access visit the website.

Opening Times 2013

The summer opening hours for 2013 start on 1 April 2013.

  • Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday & Bank Holidays 12noon - 4pm (Closed on Sunday from November - March)

Contact The Museum

  • Maidstone Museum
    St Faith's Street
    Maidstone
  • 01622 754497
  • www.museum.maidstone.gov.uk

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User Comments

"Dear Yourcounty, your own passion for supporting local resources like the free museum in Maidstone is something I would whole heartedly applaud. It is not really going to help, teachers and parents have an important role to play in encouraging young people to use museums, art galleries and libraries. Take a walk to the Museum through the town centre during the summer holidays. You'll pass thousands of children killing time in shops and fast food restaurants with perhaps only a couple of dozen children in the museum itself; despite the fact that it doesn't cost a penny to get in......"