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Maidstone Museum – welcoming visitors back

16 Sep 2020

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Maidstone Museum is delighted to be open and welcoming visitors back.

In line with Covid-19 secure guidance, the Museum has fully reopened its doors and the team is looking forward to greeting people back to experience the fantastic exhibitions and collections on offer.

Members of the Museum team have been working behind the scenes to install new exhibitions and hosting family events throughout the summer holiday, whilst others had been deployed to support other departments within the Council, but now all are back in place. 

Maidstone Museum Director, Victoria Barlow, said: “We know that the past few months have been strange times for us all but are delighted to be able to welcome everyone back to the Maidstone Museum. 

“With the kids now back at school the Museum is a great place to visit and take some time out for yourself.  We are currently hosting two in-house exhibitions which you can experience for free along with a virtual exhibition too.  Our impressive collections include more than 600,000 artefacts and our Museum represents one of the best and largest collections in the south east outside of London.”

Exhibitions at Maidstone Museum include: 

Bridge Works – a touring exhibition which is free to enter offering visitors the chance to explore a fascinating interactive display from the Rochester Bridge Trust.  It looks at how the bridges along the River Medway, including Maidstone’s bridge, developed from the Roman period to today.

Do You See What I See – celebrating a Nepalese community - working closely with the Maidstone Nepalese community - this is a free exhibition which explores the differences between Maidstone and Nepal through their eyes.

Maidstone – Apart Together – a virtual exhibition which is a ‘snapshot’ of how everyone is and has been coping during the pandemic.  This will be kept for future generations to view.

The Museum’s opening times are currently 10.00–17.00hrs with a last admission at 16.30hrs. Social distancing means that a one-way system is in place throughout the building. Visitors are currently being asked to wear a face covering and will be asked to provide contact details as part of the Government’s Track and Trace scheme.

Find out more about Maidstone Museum on the website:https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/

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