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The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

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Address: 18 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RA, England
Phone Number: +44 1227 862162
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon - Wed 09:00 - 17:00
Thu 09:00 - 19:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge is an Art Gallery, Library and...

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge is an Art Gallery, Library and Visitor Information Centre situated in the heart of historic Canterbury.

This award winning facility provides state-of-the-art exhibition galleries, excellent educational facilities and a varied programme of events for all ages.

The building takes its name from its benefactor, Dr James George Beaney, a Canterbury-born man of modest background who studied medicine before emigrating to Australia, where he found his success. Upon his death in 1891, Dr Beaney left money in his will to the city of Canterbury to build an ‘Institute for Working Men’ with amenities for men from poor backgrounds such as his own. His patronage was fundamental in building the Beaney Institute: a new home for the Canterbury Royal Museum and Free Library, now known as The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.

A cultural hub in East Kent, praised for its welcoming atmosphere, providing a range of services under one roof, uniting art, heritage, books, ideas, information and collections.

Whether you are a frequent Library user, a teacher on a Schools Workshop, a parent enjoying the perfect cup of coffee in our Cafe or an inquisitive explorer studying our treasures from the Ancient worlds; The Beaney is a building for everyone.

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Day-Trip to Canterbury and Dover from London
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Local museum- a house of surprises

A local collection, all housed in a large building. There is a changing exhibition- we caught The Wombles last year- and entrance is free!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A local collection, all housed in a large building. There is a changing exhibition- we caught The Wombles last year- and entrance is free!

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The permanent collections in the Beaney resemble a typical Victorian "cabinet of curiosities" -- that is, rather a jumble. However, the temporary exhibitions are usually very good. There are occasional talks, as well as children's activities (see the Beaney website).

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Whether you enjoy museums or galleries The Beaney usually has something to suit most tastes.....There are inclusive and interactive activities for children on each floor as well as Roman and Egyptian collections and artefacts..... large and pleasant examples of local artists work, as well as cabinets of china, military silver, explorers clothes etc etc

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Thank 727anitah
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The Beaney is very accessible being on one of the main shopping streets in Canterbury. Entrance is free, I saw the Georgie Meadows stitched drawings exhibition which was very thought provoking. It's well worth a visit, I only wish I had more time to look at the other galleries. There is also a cafe inside too.

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Thank celine_marshall
Isle of Thanet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth going in not just for the permanent displays, but also for the changing art and things on show in the gallery. Take a break and visit the cafe too.

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Thank Phil C
by the sea in the south uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must visit place in Canterbury , we stayed when there was a Georgie Meadows exhibition which was stunning

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Deal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is excellent and worth a trip. Seen several exhibitions of his in London, so it's brilliant to see it so well displayed in the Beaney. Their exhibits elsewhere are also interesting and very well displayed..especially the fabric pictures downstairs

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This building has had a recent facelift that cost lots. It should have ended up as a state of the art museum but sadly fails. It's a mish mash of often disjointed exhibits saved by touring exhibitions. Although well wort a visit I'm afraid the city planners could have made a better job of it.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The people of Canterbury are so lucky to have this library and art centre on their doorstep - and it's free! We spent a great deal of time here, touring the various rooms full of paintings, wartime posters, porcelain, glass and artefacts from all over the world. Each room has a different theme and I am sure you would see... More 

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit, not only for the different exhibitions, mostly free, but also for the static exhibitions. Would certainly appeal to all ages and usually special workshops in school holidays, half term etc to keep children and even grandchildren entertained. Lovely permanent exhibition of dolls house furniture from the past and even a hands on house for the children... More 

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