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The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

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Address: 18 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RA, England
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+44 1227 862162
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon - Wed 09:00 - 17:00
Thu 09:00 - 19:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge is an Art Gallery, Library and...

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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Day-Trip to Canterbury and Dover from London
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There is a permanent exhibit of art work by Thomas Cooper and a temporary exhibit by another artist,. Upstairs were collections of very sorts, all catalogued and labelled but... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Toronto
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There is a permanent exhibit of art work by Thomas Cooper and a temporary exhibit by another artist,. Upstairs were collections of very sorts, all catalogued and labelled but very informally presented.

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Thank Allyson E
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Some OK exhibits here, but some pretty dull ones too. Didn't maintain my interest long enough, and the request for a £5 donation to keep the place free cracked me up.

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Thank smokeAndMirrors64
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all..it's free. The building itself is a work of art. The collections inside are impeccably displayed. Especially loved the miniatures. I just wish we'd had more time to spend here,

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Thank bobbymcsnoddy
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really aimed at kids, but we had fun playing with the dressing up anyway! Every time we go there's something new to find.

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Thank Georgielw
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A library should be quiet place. Where one can read and study. Not so here! People talking loud (incl. staff), answering phones, a few people seem to camp there, watching films on laptops or library PCs and eat (noise!!) at the same time warm food (smell!). The only library I know where you are allowed to do such things!! There... More 

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Thank hamptons1407
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a free entry museum and art gallery- it is quite small but there are some nice pieces on display. The best part for me was a touring exhibition of artworks highlighting faith. Worth popping in if you have an hour or so to spare.

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Thank Adam R
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed this art museum. It had a really nice mix of paintings as well as minerals, and taxidermied animals. You should definitely check this place out.

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Thank AllieFromDown
Caterham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting collection of carried items. The garden room had a very good collection of Thomas Cooper paintings. Interesting life history of Dr James Beany. Also exhibition of Home Front Britain on when we visited, which was unusual. My only complaint was the cleanliness of the toilets. The smell emanating from the toilets was awful.

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Thank Joyce J
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This a a great small museum, well worth taking the time to visit. They also have new exhibits in addition to their regular exhibit so you would never know treasure you might find.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A nice collection of miscellaneous items - from pictures to antiques and stuffed animals. We paid a brief, but satisfying visit.

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