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The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge
The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge is an Art Gallery, Library, Visitor Information Centre and Cafe situated in the heart of historic Canterbury.
This award winning facility provides state-of-the-art exhibition galleries, excellent educational facilities and a varied programme of events for all ages.
The building takes its name from its benefactor, Dr James George Beaney, a Canterbury-born man of modest background who studied medicine before emigrating to Australia, where he found his success. Upon his death in 1891, Dr Beaney left money in his will to the city of Canterbury to build an "Institute for Working Men" with amenities for men from poor backgrounds such as his own. His patronage was fundamental in building the Beaney Institute: a new home for the Canterbury Royal Museum and Free Library, now known as the The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.
A cultural hub in East Kent, praised for its welcomimg atmosphere, providing a range of services under one roof, uniting art, heritage, books, ideas, information and collections.
Whether you are a frequent library user, a teacher on a Schools Workshop, a parent enjoying the perfect cup of coffee in our Cafe or an inquisitive explorer studying our treasures from the Ancient worlds; The Beaney is a building for everyone.
- What you need to know
- Opening times
Museum and galleries
Day Opening times Tuesday 10am to 5pm Wednesday 10am to 5pm Thursday 10am to 5pm Friday 10am to 5pm Saturday 10am to 5pm Sunday 11am to 4pm
Visitor Information Centre
Day Opening times Monday 9am to 6pm Tuesday 9am to 6pm Wednesday 9am to 6pm Thursday 9am to 8pm Friday 9am to 6pm Saturday 9am to 5pm Sunday 10am to 4pm
Day Opening times Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm Sunday 11am to 3.30pm
18 High Street, Canterbury, CT1 2RA