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, stain glass, paintings and drawings. These fascinating collections are now newly displayed following the careful refurbishment of this historic building and its galleries. 

Seperated but not Divorced, part of the Thomas Sidney Cooper Collection at the Beaney Art Museum and Library

Thomas Sidney Cooper

The Beaney's collection of Thomas Sidney Cooper paintings is of national importance and spans the full range of Cooper's work.

Egyptian canopic jar lid, part of the Ancient Egypt Collection at the Beaney Art Museum and Library

Ancient Egypt

Finds from tombs of Ancient Egypt, preserved for thousands of years in the dry heat of the desert.



Anglo Saxon brooch, part of the Anglo-Saxon Kent collection at the Beaney Art Museum and Library

Anglo-Saxon Kent

Archaeologists have been exploring Kent since the eighteenth century. Discover Anglo-Saxon items dating from between the 5th and 8th centuries.


Harriet Halhed, Little Girl at the Door on display in People and Places collection at the Beaney Art Museum and Library

People and Places

Paintings, prints, drawings, ceramics and sculptures, from Chaucer and his pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales to woodland, seascapes and Cathedral views.

Dutch Stained Glass at the Beaney Art Museum and Library

Dutch Stained Glass

Fragments and roundels of 16th and 17th century stained glass collected 'at Antwerp, Amsterdam and other places in the Low Countrys' by Edward Spencer Curling (1772 - 1850).

nautilus shells on display in the Cabinet of Curiosities collection at the Beaney Art Museum and Library

Cabinet of Curiosities

Early collectors were often amateurs who wanted to learn about the world by looking more closely at its objects. The Beaney's collections date back to the Canterbury Philosophical and Literary Institution.

Ivy crowned Bacchus on display in the Ancient Greek Art collection at the Beaney Art Museum and Library

Ancient Greek Art from Viscount Strangford

Discover Greek and Roman antiquities collected by Percy Clinton Sydney Smythe, 6th Viscount Strangford (1780 - 1855).

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

More Collections

Discover more collections at the Beaney Art Museum and Library.




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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

Dementia Awareness Week - Monday 19 May to Saturday 24 May

Old Teddy Bears, Rupert Bear and Bagpuss - Thursday 22 May, 6pm to 7pm


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