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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. 

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

Teddy Bear Story

Saturday 9 August to Friday 1 November 2014

Teddy Bear Story, an exhibition from the V&A Museum of Childhood, looks at the fascinating history of the world's most popular toy. This is a heart-warming exhibition featuring nearly 100 teddy bears, including many rare and diverse examples, as well as teddies from books, films and television programmes.


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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New Wing

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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