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The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

18 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RA, England
+44 1227 862162
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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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"tourist information"
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"stuffed animals"
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"special exhibition"
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"grayson perry"
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"photography exhibition"
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"local library"
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"public library"
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"eclectic mix"
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"changing exhibitions"
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"natural history"
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"interesting collection"
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"on display"
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"free entry"
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"high street"
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"worth a visit"
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"great museum"
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"lovely building"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I met with some friends at the Beaney museum on Friday. We are a poetry group and decided to look at the museum together and write there. I am disabled and so my husband dropped me off with my mobility scooter. I went to the...More

Thank moonstonebright
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was so nostalgic, and you can read some of the old books and buy some. Visit here every time we come to Canterbury as always something different, nice cafe as well

Thank EssexYvonne
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Came to visit the Ladybird Book collection, but then wandered about and saw lots, lots more including the original Bagpuss, Clangers, and others, plus pictures and all sorts of other interesting stuff. Don't miss it!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Beaney is a museum with a library. We were greeted by an enthusiastic member of staff who explained the layout and the special exhibitions. Upstairs we found numerous galleries with many interesting things to see. An exhibition of Ladybird books was most interesting. The...More

Thank K M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are wonderful finds in local museums and this one is a case in point. Want to see one of the few runic gravestones that isn't also Christian? Just check upstairs!

Thank cmdevlin64
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stumbled across the gallery and thought we would take a look. We spent an enjoyable hour looking around and I particularly liked the Oliver Postgate items and the special ladybird book exhibit.

Thank 522sarah104
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quite an 'old fashioned' museum, mostly dedicated to art and natural history (of the taxidermy kind). An interesting collection of 'Cabinets of Curiosities' built up by collectors of days gone by. The permanent exhibits aren't terribly innovative, but you can't really complain when the entry...More

Thank Mark W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We called in here to view some large oil paintings, and were really pleased to see the wide variety of art on display in various room. Also, a spacious cafe within to stop for a coffee afterwards. Spacious, well displayed shop also within. Well worth...More

Thank 304jacquelineb
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A super place to visit. Amazing building with lots to see and often a special display which is often advertised in the local papers. I went and they had a excellent exhibition of Ladybird books which I remember from Primary school and when my kids...More

Thank Hermes0
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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

My husband and I were traveling for our 40th anniversary, and the accommodations we arranged with airb&b were wonderful for young travellers, however, totally inappropriate for mature travellers like us. After a sleepless night, and fruitless search we went to the Beaney looking for help....More

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FilthBustr
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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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