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About the Beaney

 

The Beaney is an art museum and library situated in the heart of the historic city of Canterbury. Following a £14 million restoration project (£7 million of which was provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund) the revitalised Beaney re-opened its doors to the public in September 2012.

This fabulous facility provides state-of-the-art exhibition galleries, a brand new and extended library, excellent educational facilities and a varied programme of interactive events for all ages.

The building takes its name from its benefactor, Dr James George Beaney, who died in 1891 and left money in his will to the city of Canterbury. The city council had the Beaney Institute (as it was formerly known) designed and built using this funding along with some of its own resources. The architect was A.H.Campbell and the building was officially opened on 11 September 1899.

displays inside the Beaney Institute c1900

History

On 16 September 1897 the Mayor of Canterbury laid the Beaney Institute's foundation stone. Canterbury had been left a bequest by former resident, Dr Beaney.

restored griffin at the Beaney Art Museum and Library

Restoration Project

The revitalised Beaney re-opened to the public in September 2012. Find out more about the careful restoration project and view images of the work undertaken.

children and telescopes

Our Vision

Find out about The Beaney Art Museum and Library vision and priorities.

 

 

  

Dutch stain glass window inside the Beaney Art Museum and Library

Explore the Beaney

Discover the rooms and galleries within the newly refurbished Beaney Art Museum and Library.

 

  

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Current Special Exhibition

Teddy Bear Story - Saturday 10 May to Sunday 27 July 

 
 

Upcoming Special Exhibition

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 - Friday 8 August to Sunday 2 November

 
 

Events & Exhibitions

Armchair Artist Residency - May to December 2014

Epic WW1 Battles recreated for the 1920s cinema - Thursday 10 July, 6pm to 7pm

The Imagination Museum - Saturday 12 July 

Project Conway: A Game of Lights, Life and Death - Saturday 12 July to Sunday 20 July

Robert Jarvis: aroundNorth - Saturday 12 July to Sunday 24 August

Display Space - Sunday 26 July to Sunday 24 August

It'll be over by Christmas - Saturday 2 August, 10am to 4pm