Maidstone Museum offers an eclectic mix of historical artifacts that have been found in Kent or donated by people who have lived and worked in the local area. There are displays about local wildlife, encouraging children to think about the habitats animals live in. Roman and Saxon tools and decorative ornaments are displayed alongside stoneage tools; to give a comparison to the changes in technology through the ages. A military museum dedicated to the Queen’s own Royal West Kent Regiment displaying some of the medals and regiment history over several campaigns.
The Museum offers a number of activities for children to take part in over the school holidays. (Some of these do carry a charge.) There are several trails and worksheets that can be purchased from the information desk in the main foyer, to make you visit more interactive.
There is a lovely cafe here that offers a superb range of food and drink. There are toilets and lifts within the buildings. However, some exhibits may not be accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs. Please see the museums website for full details.
The Museum does not have its own public carpark. There are several pay and display carparks in Maidstone town centre that can be used. The Museum is also within walking distance of Maidstone East Train Station.
This museum is located just off the main shopping precinct in Maidstone, giving a wide vareity of shops and cafes.
If you looing for somewhere a little quieter to eat your lunch the river is a short walk from the museum and offers a welcome change of scenery and fresh air.
How to find it…
St. Faith’s Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH.
What to take
Check out the museums’ own website to find out about activities and the latest displays on offer.
Here’s a list of things you might want to take with you:
- Things to draw and colour with; there are some many wonderful exhibits here you’re bound to find something inspirational.
- An i-spy sheet
- A camera
- Your latest school project description; there’s bound to be something here that’s relevant.