The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Verified 18 High St, Canterbury CT1 2RA Location

Discover The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, an amazing, open, and inclusive space located in the heart of Canterbury. This art gallery offers a range of exhibitions, including the Smallfilms gallery showcasing the actual puppets from beloved shows like Bagpuss and The Clangers. Immerse yourself in the world of art and culture as you explore the displays of paintings and artifacts, including those from Rupert and Basil Brush. The museum also houses a public library and tourist information center, making it a one-stop destination for knowledge seekers. Situated on High Street, near the cathedral, bus station, Marlowe Theatre, shops, and restaurants, The Beaney is easily accessible for all. Friendly staff are always on hand to assist you in having a memorable experience. Don't miss this fabulous venue that offers something for everyone!

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ℹ️ About

Name The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge
City Canterbury
Website https://canterburymuseums.co.uk/the-beaney/
Phone +44 1227 862162

🙋‍♂️ Frequently asked questions about The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

What is the contact phone number for the Art gallery?

The contact phone number for The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge is +44 1227 862162

What are today's opening hours?

Today Thursday, the opening hours for The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge are 10 am–6 pm and it is currently closed. Here are the opening hours for the entire week.

What is the street where The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge is located?

This Art gallery is located at 18 High St, Canterbury CT1 2RA.

What services does this Art gallery offer?

Art gallery, Museum, Art museum, Library, Public library, Tourist attraction, Visitor centre

Is it open on Saturdays?

It's opened on Saturdays from 10 am–5 pm.

Is it open on Sundays?

It's opened on Sundays from 11 am–4 pm.

🕓 Opening Hours

Today, Thursday, May 30, 2024, the opening hours for the Art gallery are 10 am–6 pm

Monday 10 am–5 pm
Tuesday 10 am–5 pm
Wednesday 10 am–5 pm
Thursday 10 am–6 pm
Friday 10 am–5 pm
Saturday 10 am–5 pm
Sunday 11 am–4 pm

👍👎 Reviews

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An amazing, open and inclusive space! I had a good time there.

Nina D

10 months ago


Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No …More

Graham Connelly

11 months ago


Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait …More

Dean B

11 months ago


Brilliant museum, lots of exhibitions, I enjoyed the Smallfilms gallery that housed the actual puppets for Bagpuss, The Clangers, Noggin the Nog. It had all the drawings to make the shows and Ivor the Engine, and lots of other artifacts from Rupert and Basil Brush. As Bagpuss was filmed in a barn in Blean.It's a great museum for children lots of interactive things to do.Nice display of paintings, a few with the Cathedral in them.Free to enter and also houses the public library and tourist information centre.It also has a shop so you can own your own Clanger or Bagpuss.Accessible toilets are also available.It's situated right in the high street, near the cathedral and bus station, the Marlowe Theatre and shops and restaurants.Staff are very helpful and friendly.Would definitely visit again and would recommend it to anyone.Have visited before the pandemic and used to have a cafe, it would be nice to see that back again.

Venetia Cattroll

11 months ago


Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No …More

Anjani Kumar T

11 months ago


It's absolutely fabulous!!! Not even inside the museum, and you are struck by the gorgeous facade that reminds me of Shakespeare and that era. But once entered, you will discover a totally different word from what you've seen in Canterbury. The multitude and the variety of artefacts and exhibits will definitely amaze you.It's a place where the whole family can enjoy a great time and learn new information about gems, wildlife, paintings, etc.Definitely, it's worth visiting!

cristi cristian

1 years and 0 months ago


Very good exhibitions, lots of variety. Great for kids

Barry Richards

1 years and 1 months ago


Visited on Weekday …More

J J

1 years and 3 months ago


Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No …More

Amy Evans

1 years and 4 months ago


Great venue and fantastic staff.

Brian Brent

1 years and 4 months ago


Wonderful place. Beautiful, cool expositions and the staff is just super nice

Barbara Victorio

1 years and 4 months ago


Visited on Weekend …More

remy fructus

1 years and 4 months ago


Amazing layout, intertwining aspects of both museum and art galleries! I went with the family and there was a lot to enjoy, with activities for smaller children to partake in too.The 'Mirror Mirror' exhibition was great, and the staff scattered around places knew a lot about the pieces and items! First time visiting, but would definitely visit again some time when in Canterbury!

Ash Imya

1 years and 5 months ago


Amazing FREE museum in the centre of Canterbury high street. There is something for all the family to enjoy. Each room of this amazing old building has a different gallery or exhibition on show. For me (a child of the 70's) the most amazing and enchanting room is The Smallfilms Gallery. In there you will find the original character dolls, models and animation tools from Bagpus, The Clangers and Basil Brush to name but a few. It will bring back all of your chidhood TV memories. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Canterbury. It is free to enter all of the areas, but please consider donating a few pounds if you can to help support the great work on display and to keep the galeries free for everyone. 10/10

Paul Simmons

1 years and 5 months ago


The perfect place for a family.We can spend there hours reading children's books, cooking books or just have rest on the carpet. They have kids workshops and story times and summer reading challenges with real medals. And also winter events.Just read today a really funny book.

Anastasiia Unhur

1 years and 5 months ago


I was very impressed by this museum. There was a wide range of items on display which were thoughtfully presented to appeal to both children and adults.The was a special exhibition of children's film and book characters such as Rupert the bear, Noggin the Nog, Bagpus and the Clangers. Again very well presented.This museum is free to enter but there are boxes for cash and electronic donations.There is a small coffee shop on site but it seemed to be closed.

Pauline Brewer

1 years and 7 months ago


I went to this Museum & Library by chance and was amazed to see the collection. Don't know why its not famous.Located at a 2min distance from the Westgate Tower when you walk towards the High Street and Cathedral.The entry was free. A good library, couple of fantastic galleries, Museum rooms were there.Various paintings, swords, weapons, doll rooms, cute cartoon characters, animal and birds made of different stuff were really adorable.This place is very well maintained and staff is also nice.Must visit for kids and family too.

Swati Malu

1 years and 7 months ago


Done the Rupert bear exhibition, but been several times before for other events

Mark Bryan

1 years and 8 months ago


Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Parking options None of the above …More

Anastasia Itskina

1 years and 8 months ago


Visited on Weekday Wait time 30–60 min Reservation recommended No …More

Ali Ajwad Abdullah

1 years and 8 months ago


As with many local museums, this has an eclectic mixture of items including art and historical artifacts. It includes a room dedicated to local BAFTA award winners Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate whose stop-motion TV creations include Bagpussnd the Clangers. Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Karen B

9 months ago


The museum is free and there are plenty of diverse interesting things in it! I don't regret entering it :)

Thaïs Maisonnet Hitz

8 months ago


Wow that took me back to my youth. A whole hall dedicated to Smallfilms. Classics like Bagpuss and Ivor the Engine. Lots of other great areas to explore and not the feeling of a "stuffy" museum. Well done to everyone who contributes to this place Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Simon F

8 months ago


We had a fab time today, lots of interactive exhibits that kept my 5 year old interested and lovely helpful staff throughout! Well worth a visit, free entry with donation pots around and great morning for a mix of ages!

Katie Cox

8 months ago


Lovely,informative free museum! Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Jasmine Girls

9 months ago


Great place Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

わん

7 months ago


Totally amazing place???? My 6-year-old daughter was happy to explore the halls, and I was fascinated by the display of this cosy museum either. The collection is organised in an interesting way and has something to offer to everyone. A must-see in Canterbury. Wait time 1 hr+ Reservation recommended Not sure … More

Victoria Alimova

6 months ago


Lovely little museum, worth a visit, free entry.

Rebecca Brunning

7 months ago


Very nice museum, we enjoyed our visit It free entrance and have many historical items It deserves a visit Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Salman Abu Assali

7 months ago


We visited The Beany and thought it had a wonderful array of artefacts! We also spoke to a very friendly and knowledgeable assistant called Peter who really knew his stuff! We had a great time and would recommend visiting! Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Mariana Le Goff

4 months ago


What an incredible place! A surprise find on the high street that is literally packed with fascinating things to see.An eclectic collection of artefacts and artwork. Is it a museum, library, or art gallery? Yes to all of the above.The collections are certainly out of the ordinary and will appeal to any audience.All this and it's free to enjoy!

Michael Lees

4 months ago


Free and with lots and lots seemingly random stuff - temporary exhibitions and helpful staff. Good for kids too as plenty of installations and hands on things to do. Impressive building

Case Italiane

4 months ago


Quirky little museum, it was nice to explore. The staff was so kind.

Elisabeth David

4 months ago


Delightful museum with an eclectic mix of exhibits. It's much bigger than it looks from the outside and also houses the town's library. Admission is free. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Richard Porteous

4 months ago


It is a beautiful building that, unfortunately, has always plenty of drunk and high people sitting on their stairs. I'm not sure why it is such a magnet for those people.... perhaps the "free library" sign. ???? Visited on Public holiday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Not sure … More

Robert Birkholz

4 months ago


Great, this museum is very interesting Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait … More

Lauren Lahaye

4 months ago


Beautiful building in the heart of Canterbury. Fascinating exhibitons. Well worth a visit. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Nicki Dixon

5 months ago


Impressive, Informative, Interactive and must visit place Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Anu Menon

5 months ago


The Beaney is an excellent and must visit art place at Canterbury, offering a delightful array of art and history. My little one thoroughly enjoyed trying on the costumes, adding to the charm of our visit. Canterbury itself is a remarkable city, and The Beaney only enhances its allure, providing a serene environment rich with artistic and historical treasures to explore.

Sandeep Krishnan

1 months ago


Fantastic place to visit if you're in the area!So good regardless of age I think - something for everyone.We visited as two adults for the gallery and history and had a great time. Entry was free, which is incredible for what you can do and see here. It was clear there were tons of activities for kids. There were lots of information points, a library and shop too. There was a lift inside.We particularly enjoyed the art gallery side of it, staff all friendly and approachable.

Hayley Thomas

2 months ago


We visited this museum as a group of adults and a six year old child. We all enjoyed the experience including the child, she found something interesting and playful in every room. The building itself is worth admiring, the collection and displays are engaging. I highly recommend this museum to everyone but especially to families. Visited on Weekend … More

Emine Bir

2 months ago

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