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The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

18 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RA, England
+44 1227 862162
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Day-Trip to Canterbury and Dover from London
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The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge is an Art Gallery, Library and Visitor Information Centre 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 Beaney House of Art & Knowledge. A cultural hub in East Kent, praised for its welcoming 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.
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  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 12:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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18 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RA, England
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+44 1227 862162
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"tourist information"
in 28 reviews
"stuffed animals"
in 14 reviews
"free museum"
in 13 reviews
"grayson perry exhibition"
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"special exhibition"
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"photography exhibition"
in 9 reviews
"local library"
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"public library"
in 8 reviews
"eclectic mix"
in 7 reviews
"mummified cat"
in 6 reviews
"changing exhibitions"
in 6 reviews
"natural history"
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"on display"
in 21 reviews
"interesting displays"
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"high street"
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"worth a visit"
in 27 reviews
"all ages"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I liked this place. But when I went into the art gallery, someone (from the staff) followed me around and watched my every move - which was a bit odd, as I can't see why this would be the case. I wouldhave liked to stay...More

Thank judithyo
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Reviewed 6 days ago

we loved the excebition there. But the pics from outside worth more than from the inside. Nice building.

Thank Mark M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Beaney is a free entry art gallery and museum and its perfect for a quick visit whilst in Canterbury.

Thank Katey P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great museum running in donations that houses many local works of art. We came without planning and happened on a farm animal painting exhibition and one about Roald Dahl’s BFG. Very informative, charming and uplifting exhibitions. There is a cafe in the...More

Thank AMK1988
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An eclectic mix of artwork, ancient history, information about explorers and a library as well. All for free and a nice place to spend an hour or two on a rainy day. Donation boxes are in place and we would encourage everyone to donate.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Situated in the middle of the High Street you would think it would be hard to miss, but we walked by twice....the reason being we were told Tourist Information was there and were looking for the sign but it was not as prominent as we...More

Thank Thecatsmum4
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

I've been there several times my little son loves them there is also a cafe there and children can play

Thank Lidka Ratajczak R
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

We were not sure what we were visiting when we stepped inside but what a lovely surprise. A mix of old and new art, very interesting exhibits, so much more than we thought to look at.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

This place has very beautiful artwork, some historical items and a decent cafe. Not to mention the building itself is a thing of beauty highly recommend a visit to this place.

1  Thank Fahad N
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Free entry which is always a pleasant surprise. Excellent range of art and small ancient artefacts from Egypt, India Rome etc. And as a bonus the original toys from Bagpuss & Nogin the Nog !

Thank Adwych
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FilthBustr
25 August 2016|
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Response from MumClub | Reviewed this property |
There is disabled access at the rear and disabled toilets in the cafe.
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marilyn h
19 September 2015|
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Response from AMK1988 | Reviewed this property |
I’ve seen lifts in the building and automatic door opening buttons, I think the accessible doors are at the back, to not disturb the original facade of the building.
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