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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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18 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RA, England
+44 1227 862162
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Interesting museum of archeological artifacts. A display of medieval arms and arms from other continents. There was an exposition of art on the ground floor and a musical interlude on the first floor. Enjoyed the visit

Thank whadders54
Reviewed 1 week ago

The standard of the portrait photographs was world class - some truly beautiful shots, a very satisfying exhibition, not crowded, friendly staff and we were able to take in all of the valuable information about photographer and photograph.

Thank maggieyaxleysmith
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took the children here. I found it excellent for both adults and children and very educational and interactive. Staff are helpful and chatty with both the children and adults. There's plenty to do for all ages and a lovely little gift shop catering for all...More

Thank Angelprincessstar
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A building not to be missed on your visit to Canterbury. Find time to visit, you will be surprised what you will find! The entry is also free which is a big bonus. Enjoy your visit, I'm sure you will. We are looking forward to...More

Thank Louis B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice mix of art and museum artifactts. Well displayed and set out. One room needed some more labels as not all articles had descriptions but overall a good place to visit. It's free but worth a donation to keep such places open.

1  Thank WillStaffordshire
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Kind info staff, easy to book Canterbury tours, beautiful library and free WiFi in the tea room. The museum is fantastic as well as the historical art exhibition in the front. The building in itself makes for a stunning photo.

Thank Wordsmart17
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Do pop in. Paintings are undistinguished to my eye, but they have a gallery or temporary exhibits. At the moment it's a photo portrait exhibition which is really good

Thank NorthEastMe999
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is always lovely when local museums are either very cheap or free. There is a good little collection of art and history at the Beaney and it's all very interesting to see. Good for a brief look around when you have a half hour/hour...More

Thank juliaandadam123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quite a small gallery but there are some interesting paintings and some stuffed animals. Free entry.

Thank durham05
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When in Canterbury a visit to this museum is a must. It is free and has an excellent tourist information section.

Thank BuddyPeter24
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25 August 2016|
Response from MumClub | Reviewed this property |
There is disabled access at the rear and disabled toilets in the cafe.