The Beaney Art Museum and Library

The Beaney Art Museum and Library
18 High Street


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01227 862162

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Exterior of the Beaney Art Museum and Library including facade

The Beaney is an art museum and library situated in the heart of the historic city of Canterbury.

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.

Robert Jarvis: aroundNorth

  • 12 July — 24 August 2014 *on now

If the stars were a musical instrument, how would they sound? Inspired by a visit to Armagh Observatory, Robert Jarvis created this sound installation, showing concurrently with the Front Room exhibition.

Stars were given different notes according to their colours, and sounds were generated by changing patterns of stars moving in the sky. Complementing the sound piece is a selection of museum objects and images relating to stars, space, navigation and journeys.

aroundNorth has been made possible with funding through the PRS Beyond Borders Scheme and EU-UNAWE. Grateful thanks too to Outdoor Culture, Armagh Observatory and QTX.


Display Space

  • 26 July — 24 August 2014 *on now

The Beaney Front Room takes you on a journey into the infinite void with a group exhibition by local artists that interprets the great unknown, exploring planets, stars, alien landscapes and black holes.

The images and ideas complement the celestial sound installation 'aboutNorth' by Robert Jarvis, which is in the Drawing Room.


Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

  • 8 August — 2 November 2014

A unique opportunity to see sixty new portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.

Through editorial, advertising and fine art prints, the exhibition explores a range of themes, styles and approaches to the photographic portrait, from formal commissioned images of famous faces to more spontaneous and intimate moments capturing friends and family.


Pay What You Can
Instead of charging admission we are asking you to Pay What You Can. Your contribution will help us continue programming special exhibitions at the Beaney.


Diane Smalley

  • 30 August — 28 September 2014

This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawins will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.

Diane Smalley intertwines various elements of the Beaney in a playful way to entice the viewer to spend just a little more time searching for what could be secreted within the work and more importantly the Beaney itself.

'My objective is to create work that has whimsical associations with its surroundings. To achieve this, I will be using anagrams of specific artists' name to generate the choice of objects in my paintings. I will only use artists that have work in the Beaney's permanent exhibitions, both in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries. These anagrammatically phrases will also draw attention to either a museum exhibit or a physical characteristic from the Beaney. In addition, my paintings try to relate to both the work of the artist and the extensive natural history aspects synonymous with the 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.

Walking for Health

  • 1 August 2014 10am-4pm

This walk caters for various levels of fitness and both experienced and new walkers are very welcome. The walk will begin promptly at the Beaney high street entrance. We will walk for an hour and then meet for refreshments at the Beaney. For information please contact on 01227 781297. Event runs every fortnight. Please contact 01227 781297 prior to visiting to check event times.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Photograph showing group of children on cobbled street during WW1

It'll be over by Christmas

  • 2 August 2014 10am-4pm

Discover what life was like in the Canterbury district in August 1914, and find out about the start of the Great War. WW1 artefacts, documents, photographs and stories from both the Home Front and Western Front, including those of soldiers serving in the Buffs (East Kent Regiment).

Suitable for

  • Any age


Getting there

Located in Canterbury high street adjacent to Best Lane.