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Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery



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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  • Saturday 4th July to Sunday 6th September 2015

    Brick City in words

    Brick City

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

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  • Monday 27th to Thursday 30th July 2015

    Dino week volcano

    Make It Sessions - Dino Week

    Dino Week Make it Sessions. Monday 27th - Dino Headdress. Become a dinosaur by creating a dino...

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  • Thursday 30th to Thursday 30th July 2015

    Brick City - HRH

    Museum Late: LEGO Challenge

    An amazing evening of LEGO® Challenge, set by ambassadors from STEMNET* Join us in the Museum...

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