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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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18 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RA, England
+44 1227 862162
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very much enjoyed our visit- paintings, exhibitions and museum all in one. Well displayed and explained.

Thank Moira111
Reviewed 1 week ago

This collection of science and art and stuff and feathers is what a museum should be - was: a place for the inspection, investigation, thought, and wonder at all sorts of things that a person wouldn't see walking down the street or in their every...More

Thank tressed
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Is has everything, great art, different exhibitions, childrens interest and a little cafe. Well worth a visit, especially on a rainy day!

Thank Kentres
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Outstanding lots to see . found this by mistake but very pleased we did, great cafe as well , some great works of art also.

1  Thank Andrew R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great building which is steeped in history (as you would expect in Canterbury) - Well worth a visit as so many things to see from Old to New - Paintings, the antiquities and quirkly stuff etc etc. If you like a museum then you will...More

1  Thank AXDR13
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Free entry to some amazing art exhibits and also to the museum displays covering everything from local anglo Saxons to Egyptian, Victorian . Nice easy access from the main shopping streets

Thank jennyeales2016
Reviewed 9 June 2017

While in Canterbury we called in this unusual and interesting building firstly to visit the tourist information office but also to see more of the museum we visited last year. It really is an interesting place to visit when you are in Canterbury

Thank 70ish
Reviewed 9 June 2017

As well as housing the local library, this attraction has a number of galleries displaying a range of artworks, a café and a museum.

Thank cymroh j
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Always an interesting place to visit as well as being a library it is a museum and art gallery, also has a cafe. I often pop into The Front Room as it is an exhibition space that displays artists/craft from all types of groups and...More

2  Thank Mary F
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Interesting looking building on the main pedestrian street in the middle of town. This building houses a museum, library and the Visitors and Tourist Information Center. The latter is the main reason for our visit and the staff person there was very friendly and knowledgeable....More

1  Thank RLWOrangePark
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26 August 2016|
Response from MumClub | Reviewed this property |
There is disabled access at the rear and disabled toilets in the cafe.