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Group Visits, free entry

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The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

© Guy Gardener
Materials and Masters Gallery

Materials and Masters Gallery

© Tim Stubbings
Explorers and Collectors Gallery

Explorers and Collectors Gallery

© Tim Stubbings

Contact

The Beaney Art Museum and Library

01227 862162

Address

18 High Street,
Canterbury,
CT1 2RA

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 6 Sep - Sun 4 Jan Alternative Stories
Thu 1 May - Wed 31 Dec Armchair Artist Residency
Sat 6 Sep - Sun 4 Jan In Remembrance
Sat 22 Nov - Sun 18 Jan Winter exhibition
Thu 1 Jan - Thu 30 Apr Armchair Artist Residency
Thu 22 Jan Roman shops and shopping

Details

The revitalised, extended and restored Beaney Art Museum and Library re-opened its doors to the public in September 2012 to provide state-of-the-art exhibition galleries with excellent learning facilities and a varied programme of interactive events.

The Beaney is also home to one of Canterbury's most famous artists, the Victorian animal painter Thomas Sidney Cooper. This collection is of national importance and spans the full range of Cooper's work.

Permanent displays include over 1,000 objects and themes include Explorers and Collectors and People and Places. Collections span ancient Egyptian and Greek artefacts; objects from East Kent to around the world; birds and butterflies; stained glass windows; paintings and drawings, all of which are showcased in the permanent galleries alongside special exhibitions.

The Beaney is also home to Canterbury's Visitor Information Centre, a café and a shop.

For further details see www.thebeaney.co.uk

Free broadband internet in bedroomsMobile phone coverageChildren welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed

Opening details

Museum, Tourist information and Café opening hours:
Monday to Wednesday 9am to 5pm
Thursday 9am to 7pm
Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 5pm

Library opening hours:
Monday to Wednesday 9am to 6pm
Thursday 9am to 8pm
Friday 9am to 6pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm

Wednesday 24th and 31st December the museum will close at 4pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Circumstances may cause changes in opening times - please ring to check before making a special trip.

Prices

Free entry

Charges may apply for some special events and exhibitions. See our website for full details.

Buy souvenirs and tickets

Location

Directions

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Map reference: TR 148578  Lat: 51.27968 Long: 1.07946

Located in the high street adjacent to Best Lane.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Canterbury West station

Facilities

  • Free broadband internet in bedroomsFree broadband internet in bedrooms
  • Mobile phone coverageMobile phone coverage
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Entrance

  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 5
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesEntrance is well lit

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas

Notes

  • The Best Lane entrance is step free (lift), it is well lit and has an automatic door.

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    Individual Membership

    Canterbury Visitor Centre £30.00-£36.00

    If this is a gift, please indicate this in the notes when purchasing, and include the recipient's name, address, phone and email address.

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    Membership Plus a Guest

    Canterbury Visitor Centre £35.00-£40.00

    If your membership is a gift, please indicate this in the notes when purchasing, and include the recipients' name(s), address, phone and email address.