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The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

18 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RA, England
+44 1227 862162
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
18 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RA, England
+44 1227 862162
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I saved up my loyalty card for the café and went in to obtain a Cup of Tea when the staff told me, very rudely, that they no longer recognise Tea for the loyalty card. I walked out in disgust. This was on Tuesday, Sept...More

1  Thank Bob H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sadly, I can provide little detailed information on this attraction as it is closed on Mondays – sadly, the day I planned to visit. As I had travelled from Hull to see some of the cultural highlights of the city, I was especially looking forward...More

Thank Mouldilocks
Reviewed 1 week ago

On of the few free attractions in Canterbury. Well worth a visit and right on the main street. Fantastic facade to the building. Lots of local history to learn about

Thank Davidctc
Reviewed 1 week ago

Also has a nice cafe, and the visitors centre is located here, inside, with all the local information you need. Exhibition are always good, some permanent, some changing. It also includes a public library with photocopying facility. Well worth a visit!

Thank Freindlytraveller
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having made an effort to visit here to see the exhibitions advertised we discovered it is now closed on Mondays. What a waste if time. Why wasn't it made clear that tourists are not welcome on Mondays!

1  Thank Janet G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a modern museum which exhibits the collection of mr beaney. There are antiques, paintings, a changing exhibition hall etc. There are activities for children.

Thank Robert T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wasn't expecting to find this in the middle of the city. This free gallery has a range of different displays on show. Great explanations of the art and friendly staff too. Loved the photography exhibition.

Thank MrsBsTravels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting and quirky displays with good descriptions (simple for me to understand!), of their origins and the connection to Canterbury. Clearly child-friendly with activities for primary and younger in each room. Photographic portrait exhibition was really good.

Thank Catherine I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set in the heart of Canterbury The Beaney is an excellent local art centre with gallery's ,museum and exhibition spaces and library . Thee is always lots to do for all ages and the staff are very friendly and helpful . Try the cafe to...More

Thank AntonyR999
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gallery didn't disappoint, good collection of work. Enjoyed the mixed galleries upstairs. lovely contemporary exhibition on light at Cathedral

Thank jacqsell1
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26 August 2016|
Response from MumClub | Reviewed this property |
There is disabled access at the rear and disabled toilets in the cafe.