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.


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

18 High Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2RA

01227 862162

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Opening times

Museum & Galleries
Mon, Closed
Tues - Sat, 10am - 5pm
Sun, 12pm to 5pm

Café
Mon - Sat 10am - 4pm
Sun, 12noon to 4pm

Visitor Information
Mon - Wed, 9am to 6pm
Thurs, 9am to 8pm
Fri, 9am to 6pm
Sat, 9am to 5pm
Sun, 10am to 5pm

Free to all

Free exhibitions with National Art Pass

10% off shop

Valid to 31 December 2019

10% off café

Valid to 31 December 2019


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