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The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge


Free to all
10% off
10% off

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

Situated in the historic centre of Canterbury, the Beaney is home to state-of-the-art exhibition galleries, library, cafe, education facilities and a full programme of events. It was an Art Fund Museum of the Year finalist in 2013.

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.

Permanent collection

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.

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Free to all

18 High Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2RA

01227 862162


Opening times

Museum and galleries:
Tue-Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 11-4pm

Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
Sun 11am-3.30pm

Visitor information:
Mon-Wed 9am-6pm
Thu 9am-8pm
Fri 9am-6pm
Sat 9am-5pm
Sun 10am-4pm

With a National Art Pass you get

10% off in café
Valid until December 2020
10% off in shop
Valid until December 2020

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