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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


The Beaney Art Museum and Library

01227 862162


18 High Street,

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 6 Sep - Sun 4 Jan Alternative Stories
Thu 1 May - Wed 31 Dec Armchair Artist Residency
Sat 4 Oct - Sun 9 Nov Canterbury at War
Sat 6 Sep - Sun 4 Jan In Remembrance
Fri 24 Oct Jumping Beaneys: The Spooks step out!
Fri 12 Sep - Fri 19 Dec KCA Health Walks


The Beaney is an art museum and library situated in the heart of the historic city of Canterbury.

This fabulous facility provides state-of-the-art exhibition galleries, a brand new and extended library, excellent learning 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.

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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.


Free entry

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

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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


  • 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
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    Individual Membership

    Canterbury Visitor Centre £30.00-£45.00

    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-£50.00

    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.

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