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Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery
St Faith's Street
Maidstone

Kent
ME14 1LH
Contact
Telephone: 01622 754497
Fax: 01622 602193

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Overview of collections

The extensive and diverse Museum collections illustrating the story of man and his environment in Kent, with particular reference to Maidstone, have been built up over the last 130 years and cover themes of fine and applied art, oriental art, ethnography, natural science, archaeology and local history.

Overview of how collections are displayed

Maidstone Museum presents a range of galleries depicting main collection themes of archaeology, fine and decorative art, ethnography, natural history, local and social history.
Collection Descriptions
Ancient Egyptian Collection (Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery)
The museum holds 584 ancient Egyptian objects which are part of the Archaeology collection. Classes of objects repr...
Archaeology (Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery)
British Archaeology comprises c.11,000 specimens that are of major local, regional and national importance; they are ...
Archives (Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery)
The Museum houses a major collection of printed ephemera (circa 12,000 specimens) relating to Maidstone. The collect...
Arms and Armour (Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery)
In addition to housing the military collections of the Museum of the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment (a separate...
Biology (Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery)
The Botany collections of c.55,000 specimens comprise a good collection of Kentish flowering plants, which is the bes...
Costume/textiles (Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery)
The costume collection of c.7800 items was started in the 1950's, and originally consisted of some good examples of 1...
Decorative/applied art (Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery)
The decorative art collections are large and varied and include the Japanese Collections (c.3,800 specimens), which a...
Ethnography (Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery)
See also the Japanese Collections under Decorative Arts The Museum's holdings of ethnography (c.4,000 specimens) a...
Fine Art (Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery)
The development of the Fine Art collections goes back to the foundation of the Museum & Art Gallery itself, with dona...
Geology (Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery)
The museum holds a fossil collection of national importance, a mineral collection of worldwide in scope and of nation...
Music (Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery)
The Museum & Art Gallery possesses a small collection of 50 musical instruments, including a portable clavichord repu...
Numismatics (Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery)
The Museum & Art Gallery contains collections of Greek, Celtic, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Mediaeval and Modern English coin...
Photographic (Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery)
The Photographic collections (c.200 items) consist of a good basic collection of magic lanterns and slides, cameras a...
Social History (Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery)
The Museum holds collections probably numbering in excess of 15,000 specimens or artefacts which come within the fiel...
Transport (Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery)
See Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages for description of transport collections.

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