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The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

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