The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Kent, CT1 2RA

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A splendid Victorian building showing Canterbury's decorative arts and pictures.

Situated in the historic centre of Canterbury, the Beaney reopened its doors to the public in September 2012, following a £14 million restoration project. As well as state-of-the-art exhibition galleries, the site boasts a brand new and extended library, education facilities and a full programme of events.

The building takes its name from its benefactor, Dr James George Beaney, who died in 1891 and left money in his will to the city of Canterbury.

10% off shop

Valid to 31 December 2017

Enjoy 10% soups, toasted flatbreads, sandwiches and cakes in the café while relaxing and admiring the Museumakerwindow designed by artist Laura Thomas.

10% off café

Valid to 31 December 2017

National Art Pass holders enjoy 10% off a range of merchandise in the shop and take home a memento of their visit.

The Beaney's collections include a nationally important body of work by English cattle artist Thomas Sidney Cooper; displays on Canterbury's explorers; archaeological collections from ancient Egypt and Anglo-Saxon Kent; Greek and Roman antiquities collected by Percy Clinton Sydney Smythe, 6th Viscount Strangford; and fragments and roundels of Dutch stained-glass.

Star exhibits include Harrriet Halhead's painting Little girl at the Door (1910), an Egyptian mummified cat; and an exquisitely decorated South Indian gauntlet sword.

Venue information

Opening times

Mon – Sat, 9am – 5pm (Thu, 9am – 7pm)
Sun, 10am – 5pm

Closed 25 Dec

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)