The Beaney Art Museum and Library

Exterior of the Beaney Art Museum and Library including facade

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.

Whether you are a frequent Library user, a teacher on a Schools Workshop, a parent enjoying the perfect cup of coffee in our Café or an inquisitive explorer studying our treasures from the Ancient worlds; The Beaney is a building for everyone.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Library

Opening hours

Museum, Tourist information and Café opening hours:
Monday to Wednesday 9am to 5pm
Thursday 9am to 7pm
Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 5pm

Library opening hours:
Monday to Wednesday 9am to 6pm
Thursday 9am to 8pm
Friday 9am to 6pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm

Admission charges

Free entry to the building. Charges may apply for some special events and exhibitions. See our website for full details.

Getting there

Located in Canterbury high street adjacent to Best Lane.

Collection details

Archives, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Adoration of the cage fighters

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

  • 8 October — 4 December 2016 *on now

The Vanity of Small Differences is a series of six large scale tapestries by Grayson Perry, created alongside the BAFTA award-winning Channel 4 series, All in the Best Possible Taste. The series follows Perry as he embarks ‘on a safari amongst the taste tribes of Britain’ to gain inspiration for his work. Perry said: “Of all the pieces I have made this was the one I conceived from the outset as a public artwork. I hope that wherever it goes it not only delights the eyes but also sparks debate about class, taste and British Society”
The exhibition will be accompanied by a special programme of associated events and activities for all ages. The UK tour of the tapestries is supported by the Art Fund and the Sfumato Foundation.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://canterburymuseums.co.uk/events/grayson-perry-the-vanity-of-small-differences/

Haselden- Home from Britain.

Home Front Britain, 1914-18: the cartoonist’s view

  • 15 October 2016 — 30 April 2017 *on now

At The Drawing Room, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Original cartoon artwork depicting life on the home front 1914-18 through the eyes of Haselden, a brilliant humourist with a highly successful 33-year career at the Mirror. He produced a cartoon for the paper every weekday during World War 1, and his multi-frame style makes him the father of the British newspaper strip cartoon.

In partnership with the British Cartoon Archive.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.canterburymuseums.co.uk/beaney

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Design a Deadly Dragon!

  • 21 October — 11 December 2016 *on now

At Explorers & Collectors Gallery, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.
£1 per person, Drop in

Create your own colourful dragon to take home!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£1 per person. Drop in.

Website

http://www.canterburymuseums.co.uk/beaney

Tapestry Tales

Tapestry Tales Creative Workshop

  • 3 December 2016 1-3pm

At The Learning Lab, The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.

Make your own beautiful hand-woven tapestry to take home!
Let your child’s imagination run wild as they translate their stories onto tapestry, using Grayson Perry's childhood friend, Alan Measles the Teddy Bear as inspiration.

Children will then be able to contribute to our giant tapestry of Canterbury.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£3 per child, adults go free.
Booking advised. Purchase tickets at the Beaney Visitor Information Desk.

Website

http://www.canterburymuseums.co.uk/beaney

Getting there

Located in Canterbury high street adjacent to Best Lane.

The Beaney Art Museum and Library
18 High Street
Canterbury
Kent
CT1 2RA
England

Website

Visit the Beaney Art Museum and Library website

www.thebeaney.co.uk

E-mail

Contact The Beaney Art Museum and Library

beaney@canterbury.gov.uk

Telephone

Contact The Beaney Art Museum and Library

01227 862162

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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