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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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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. 

Tudor Christmas
Saturday 13 December, 10.30am - 3.30pm 
Come and experience a Tudor Christmas. Step back in time and experience the sights, smells and sounds of a Tudor Christmas. Join in dancing, dressing up, pomanders and candles. Come dressed up and join in the fun of making and tasting.

Ralph Steadman: A Retrospective

Saturday 6 December 2014 to Saturday 28 February 2015

£3/£2 Concessions and MMF Members

Ralph Steadman has an international reputation and is the recipient of numerous awards. His illustrated books have been translated into several languages, his art has been exhibited all around the world and he has inspired many other artists.

This special exhibition, put together by the Cartoon Museum, celebrates Steadman’s long and illustrious career as one of the most important graphic artists of the last fifty years.

The exhibition presents the full range of Steadman’s work. On display are many of his early cartoons published by Private Eye and Punch, including his earliest published cartoon from the July 1956 Manchester Evening Chronicle, as well as his later pieces for The New York Times and Observer.

Bentlif Open Art Prize 2015
Held in 2006, 2008 and 2012, the Bentlif Open Art Prize Prize returns with an exhibition in 2015, from Saturday 14th March – Sunday 3rd May.

Entries are now open for this Prize, which showcases work from emerging artists in the South East, providing a platform to exhibit and sell original artwork.

The winner of the Bentlif Open Art Prize 2015 will receive £500

Entries must be received by 6th February 2015. Follow the link for How to Enter & Entry Form

 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

The Carriage Museum is now closed for the winter and will re-open May 2015. Group visits can be booked by contacting the bookings team on 01622 602314/602847 or

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Events Calendar

  • Saturday 3rd January 2015



    Please note: There is no Cur8 this week.

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  • Tuesday 6th January 2015


    Tuesday Tours

    Join us the first Tuesday of every month for a guided tour of the history of the...

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  • Wednesday 7th January 2015


    Musical Merry Go Round

    Musical Merry Go Round Join us on the first Wednesday of the month, for singing and storytelling...

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