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Explore highlights of the Beaney's permanent collections spanning Ancient Egyptian and Greek artefacts, objects from the East Kent area to around the world, birds and butterflies, stained glass, paintings and drawings. These fascinating collections are now newly displayed following the careful refurbishment of this historic building and its galleries. 


carved wooden paddle handle on display at the Beaney Art Museum and Library

World Explorers and Travellers

The Beaney's collections include a range of fascinating items donated by people with Canterbury connections who travelled the world.


Latham centrepiece on display at the Beaney Art Museum and Library © National Army Museum, London

The Buffs: East Kent Regiment

Originating in Tudor times, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) is one of the oldest in the British army, named after the creamy-brown colour of much of its uniform.

Statuette of the Hindu elephant god, Ganesh on display at the Beaney Art Museum and Library

Reverend Henry Lansdell's Travels Across Asia

During the 1870s and 1880s, Henry Lansdell travelled across Europe and Asia. Whilst travelling he acquired various items by gift or purchase.

head of a steel mace from the South Indian Arms and Armour collection on display at the Beaney Art Museum and Library

South Indian Arms and Armour from Stephen Lushington

Stephen Rumbold Lushington (1776 - 1868) was a patron and life member of Canterbury Philosophical and Literary Institution.

Obsidian, in the Materials and their uses collection, on display at the Beaney Art Museum and Library

Materials and their Uses

Materials have been creatively transformed by people over the centuries into a huge range of useful and decorative items. Find out more here.

Virgin and Child by Van Orley in the Dutch and Old Master Paintings on display at the Beaney Art Museum and Library

Dutch and Old Master Paintings

In 1905 a group of Dutch paintings from the 16th to 17th centuries, together with copies after Old Masters were donated to the Beaney.

Owl Butterfly, on display in the Colour and Camouflage at the Beaney Art Museum and Library

Colour and Camouflage

This Beaney display is arranged in rainbow colour order, with a group of mimic and camouflage patterns, and selected works of art to complement the collection.


Drawing of Reculver Church by James Ward on display in the Works on Paper collection at the Beaney Art Museum and Library

Works on Paper

Works on paper are a particular strength at the Beaney. Highlights include an important group of Italian works, including drawings by Francesco Guardi.

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Upcoming Special Exhibitions

Lure: Kate MccGwire - Saturday 29 March to Sunday 27 April


Events & Exhibitions

Of Mice and Men: Drawings by Brian Francis - Saturday 29 March to Sunday 6 July

Crafty Kids - Espression Arts - Tuesday 15 April to Wednesday 16 April

Beautiful Birds - Tuesday 17 April

Jumping Beaneys: Easter Egg Hunt - Friday 18 April, 10.30am to 11.30am

Radio Arts Showcase - Saturday 19 April to Sunday 27 April

Kipling & Trix - Thursday 24 April, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Brownies Big Birthday Exhibition - Saturday 3 May to Sunday 1 June

Improv4... Wellbeing - Sunday 4 May, 11am to 3pm

Sounds New Poets - Tuesday 6 May to Thursday 8 May, 12pm to 2pm


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