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Address: Museum St. Faiths Street, Maidstone ME14 1LH, England
Phone Number: +44 1622 602838
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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A good walk around

Had fun walking round with my friend and her 3 year old. We wanted to take her 11 month old but there are to many stairs to keep lifting the pram up and down. There are lifts but... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 11, 2016
Suzy K
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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263 reviews
101 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Had fun walking round with my friend and her 3 year old. We wanted to take her 11 month old but there are to many stairs to keep lifting the pram up and down. There are lifts but they don't go to all of the rooms. Some of the exhibits could have been bigger like the Egyptian and dinosaurs as... More 

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Thank Suzy K
Management response:

Hi Suzy K, Thanks for taking the time to review Maidstone Museum. We understand that accessibility is an issue within the older part of the building and we are working on ways to improve this with future projects. We are in the planning stages of a gallery refurbishment for the current Egyptian section and hope to have the project well... More 

Higham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

First of all the museum is free entry, which is always a rare find especially in the summer holidays!. The staff were welcoming and informative and the exhibitions were fantastic. My children loved the dinosaur exhibit and were in awe of the Egyptian mummy! Fantastic place that's worth a visit.

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Thank LeahKen2008
MaidstoneMuseum, Manager at Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, responded to this review

Hi LeahKen2008 Thank you for your review. It's good to see that everyone in the family enjoyed their visit. I have passed on your kind words to the team and I hope we'll see you again soon. Victoria Barlow Museums Director More 

Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

The attraction is FREE.the staff were very helpful. There is great mixture of exhibits ,LOVLEY examples of samurai ,cave man,dinasour s, Egypt and so much more.they are open mom to sat Not Sunday's.great coffee shop to inside .thank you cliff

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MaidstoneMuseum, Manager at Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, responded to this review

Dear Cliff Thanks for your kind review. I'm very happy to hear you enjoyed yourself. We are open on Sundays during the summer but we don't open on Mondays anymore. Still, plenty of time for people to visit us and hopefully enjoy it as much as you did. Victoria Barlow Museums Director More 

Treharris, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

Lived in Kent all my life but moved to Wales 2 years ago. Been visiting family this weekend and took a trip to the museum. What a great afternoon we had didn't even know it was there. Fantastic you must pay a visit.

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Thank kerbobwil
MaidstoneMuseum, Manager at Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, responded to this review

Dear Kerbobwil I'm glad you had a good time at the museum. We are all guilty sometimes of ignoring good things on our doorstep but I'm glad you made it here in the end and had an enjoyable time. More 

Duisburg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

This museum must make Maidstone very proud. Housed in a fabulous Elizabethan manor house with a contemporary extension, there are collections to suit all ages and interests. The Japanese room is beautiful. The temporary 'Treasures from Trash' exhibition both sobering and marvellous. I almost literally bumped into a boy in the Egyptian section who was lying in wait for a... More 

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Thank CBCK1
MaidstoneMuseum, Manager at Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, responded to this review

Dear CBCK1 Thank you for your kind words which I have shared with the whole team. We are indeed very proud of the museum and it's always great to hear when people share our enthusiasm. I hope the little boy didn't lie in wait too long for the velociraptor as we have a strict rule that our dinosaurs aren't allowed... More 

Maidstone, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

The dinosaur exhibition was a real hit with my five year old, she wasn't interested in much else! There is plenty to see though. I also have a one year old who is not quite walking yet, some exhibitions are upstairs where pushchairs are not permitted so meant I had to carry her which was a bit of a pain.... More 

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Thank Natalie G
MaidstoneMuseum, Manager at Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, responded to this review

Dear Natalie Thanks for your review. Although pushchairs are allowed anywhere in the museum, all the stairs and different floor levels can be a pain. We are working on improving this though. I'm glad to see the dinos were a hit with your daughter! Victoria Barlow Museums Director More 

Maidstone, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Lots of diffrent things to look at, with a brilliant tea room, snacks are always of good quality. Would recommend for a rainy day.

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Thank Samuelcat1
MaidstoneMuseum, Manager at Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. I'm glad you had a good visit and hope we'll see you again soon. Victoria Barlow Museums Director More 

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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

As a former headteacher I usually steer children away from museum trails, they are so restrictive and boring. The education staff have put together a great trail which is inclusive of all abilities and interests. 'Find a large object' allowed my two grandchildren to go off exploring the museum together, while making different choices of what interested them or caught... More 

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Thank Nigel U
MaidstoneMuseum, Manager at Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, responded to this review

Dear Nigel Thank you for your review. I will pass on your kind words to our Learning Team. We strongly believe that museum visits must be anything but boring. I hope we'll see you and your grandchildren again. Victoria- Museums Director More 

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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

As is often the case you don't often visit local attractions of the town you live in but we decided to take a look at Maidstone museum - the first time since it was refurbished and modernised a few years ago. It was interesting, well planned an laid out, some interesting exhibits (the recycling one in particular) and one of... More 

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Thank Jonathan J
MaidstoneMuseum, Manager at Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, responded to this review

Hi Jonathan We're all guilty of overlooking what's on our doorstep sometimes but now that you've been, I hope we'll see you again soon. Thanks for the review. Victoria Museums Director More 

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28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

Visited this museum in july with friends. The staff here were friendly and helpful. The museum includes a decent sized collection of objects considering it is free.

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Thank Jet C
MaidstoneMuseum, Manager at Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, responded to this review

Hi Jet Thanks for your kind words. With over 600,000 objects to look after we wouldn't disagree it's decent sized! I hope we'll see you again. Victoria Museums Director More 

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