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A free art museum and library situated in the heart of the historic city of Canterbury. Finalist for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013.
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Den Sullivan
November 30, 2016
Fantastic mix of static exhibits & contemporary travelling exhibitions. Went Sunday to see the Grayson Perry tapestries which were fab, and luckily caught the l...ast day of Georgie Meadows fantastic & poignant stitched illustrations. I visit whenever I'm in Canterbury, if nothing but to see the beautiful cow paintings. It's a wonderful place, lots to see of different types of exhibits from different eras & mediums. A beautiful building, lovely staff, well laid out & obviously good curator(s). See More
Rachel Webbley
January 15, 2017
Cafe was perfect for our family (urgent coffee & kids food!), picturing faith exhibition was great, dolls house & colour coordinated cases fascinated my five yr... old, loos clean & accessible, perfect place to regroup with kaleidoscope & farm. Whistle stop perfection - will be Back as adults soon! See More
Lesley Simmonds
October 30, 2016
I've been visiting Canterbury for many years - can't believe I've never set foot inside this place before. What an absolute gem! Popped in for Grayson Perry exh...ibition and found so much more to look at. Cafe staff were really pleasant and refreshments were just right. Toilets could've been a bit cleaner but it was a busy Saturday and not everybody is as clean as me! See More
St茅phane Boul Collignon
October 10, 2016
I really liked how the museum is organized by theme rather than period, this brings a mix a artwork in each room giving the whole experience the sort of feeling you have when exploring a old chest in your grandparents attic. Only regret, it's too small :-)
Ruth Norton
February 16, 2017
What a gem of a place! We have never visited before and were so surprised to discover it. So many different rooms and such fascinating items. And FREE! Great place to pop into with children
Salvador Rodriguez
October 7, 2016
Great place to visit especially on a Thursday when it is open till 7pm. Great new library, cafe and art gallery all in one place.
Julie Burgess
October 24, 2016
Bijou, perfect 'time killer' in the heart of Canterbury.
Audrey Jessica
September 22, 2014
Cannot rate Jumping Beaneys at The Beaney highly enough, we had a wonderful, exciting time having a story read to us and seeing the 'treasures' around the museu...m before making our own little treasure chest to take home. The sheer enthusiasm and professionalism of the host was worth the ridiculously cheap price of 拢3.50 alone, and we can't wait to do Spooks next month but please advertise it, it's on the web page but has been missed out from the What's On guide See More
James Jimmy Hitchin
May 5, 2016
Amazing place with loads to see and do. I take my kids (6 and 8) every few months. They love it.
Jacqui Johnson
June 18, 2015
what a great museum, something for everyone. Really helpful staff who let us touch some objects. We had a really great visit, and its free.
Cherry Ison
January 19, 2015
Visit the Beaney every Thursday for a creative writing course. Great place, great course, great tutor and pretty good coffee shop.
Elaine Simpson
December 5, 2015
My daughter loves the beaney ..went to star wars exebition today was fantastic for both big and little kids :)
Helen Ord
July 11, 2014
Just wanted to say how fantastically helpful and informative the staff here are- extremely good service, lovely library/museum.
Bob Lamoon
June 21, 2014
Just fabulous! Take time to enjoy an eclectic collection of collected collectables. A great Hockney and wonderful Elizabeth Frink.
Carolyn Gray
October 30, 2012
Having visited and blogged, I'm sorry to see the facebook page has not been updated for a while...http://thesememorieswhich.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/1787/
Steve Russell
November 10, 2013
Looking great now its been renovated.
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Enjoying a Popular Lecture from our engaging Learning Officer, Martin Crowther, who is giving us an A-Z tour of the Beaney! Martin talks about one of his favourite artefacts in the collections....
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There's still time to enjoy our fantastic Home Front Britain exhibition which depicts life on the home front through original cartoon artwork by Haselden. Continues to Sunday 30 April.

Original cartoon artwork depicting life on the home front 1914-18 through the eyes of Haselden, a brilliant humourist with a highly successful...
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Would you like to be a valiant Viking? Join us at Canterbury Roman Museum this weekend and create your very own Viking Brooch to wear and take home. Just 拢1 per child, open daily between 10am and 5pm.

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Stage Spiders story time in the Library - Saturday 25 February 2017 - 11am to 11.30am

Our friends from Stage Spiders will be back to tell the story of "A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea". Suitable for ages 3 -7 and their families.

Come along and join in the fun - no need to book.

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Join us at Canterbury Heritage Museum this half term and create your very own Pilgrim's Badge to wear and take home. Just 拢1 per child, open every day until Sun 19 Feb, 11am to 5pm.

From Anglo-Saxon treasures and rare Tudor finds to the 鈥業nvicta鈥 steam engine and even the original Bagpuss, this double-story museum and its...
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This weekend is another great opportunity to enjoy our latest exhibition 'Picturing Faith' at The Beaney. On until 23 April, the exhibition features over 40 works by acclaimed artists including Graham Sutherland, Elizabeth Frink and Edward Burra.

A rare opportunity to view a world class collection of modern art including works by Graham Sutherland and Elisabeth Frink.
One of the UKs most...
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TODAY marks the opening of 'All Faiths or None?' our brand new Front Room exhibition at The Beaney. Join us this weekend and enjoy work created by pupils from Canterbury Academy and Kent College in response to objects at The Beaney.

Pupils from Canterbury Academy and Kent College exhibit work responding to the Beaney鈥檚 displays of objects and images around the themes of world...
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Just a few days to go until the opening of our 'All Faiths or None?' exhibition in The Front Room at The Beaney. Join us from this Saturday 4th Feb and view work created by pupils from Canterbury Academy and Kent College.

Pupils from Canterbury Academy and Kent College exhibit work responding to the Beaney鈥檚 displays of objects and images around the themes of world faiths, superstitions and totems. In conjunction with the Methodist Modern Art Collection exhibition in the Special Exhibitions Room. Location: The
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The Highway Rat - storytime with Stage Spiders - The Library, Saturday 28 January, 11 to 11.30am

Our friends from Stage Spiders will be back at the Library this Saturday to tell the story of the villainous Highway Rat, as he gallops along the road stealing food from other animals. Does anyone have a cunning plan to stop him? Come along and find out!

Suitable for ages 3 to 7 - no need to book

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Only a few days left to enjoy our Sensing Culture exhibition The BeaneyContinues to 29 Jan The Front Room http://ow.ly/1Dbu3089cXf

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The Skylarks Singing group regret that they have had to cancel their performance at The Beaney tomorrow afternoon (Tues 24th), due to unforeseen circumstances.

They will sing again at The Beaney on 12 March, and in the meantime all are welcome at these other Beaney music performances:
鈥 Sensing Wonder 鈥 the visually impaired children鈥檚 group (Thu 26 Jan at 1pm)
鈥 Singing on a Sunday 鈥 drop in and join in (Sun 12 Feb at noon)...
鈥 Monday Music (20 Feb at 11am)

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Take a Modern Art trail around The Beaney this weekend. Just 50p from any of our museum desks! #PicturingFaith #Exhibition

Join us for some Monster Madness on 27 Jan at our latest Jumping Beaneys session. Tickets available here: http://ow.ly/bbg53089aTe

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Thinkaction at The Library - Wednesday 18 January, 2-5pm

"Blue Monday" (16 January) has long been thought to be the most depressing day of the year. To help you beat the blues, Thinkaction are at the Library this afternoon with information and leaflets about the free therapy services they provide. Please drop in and say hello and pick up some information.

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Just one day to go until the opening of our brand new #exhibition 'Picturing Faith' at The Beaney. Don't miss this rare opportunity to view a world class collection of modern art in its entirety. #Canterbury #WhatsOn Find out more here: http://ow.ly/5wKs307XRFI

A rare opportunity to view a world class collection of modern art including works by Graham Sutherland and Elisabeth Frink.
One of the UKs most...
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Our brand new #exhibition 'Picturing Faith鈥 OPENS THIS SATURDAY in our Special Exhibitions Gallery.

The #exhibition will showcase the Methodist Modern Art Collection, a unique gathering of work which has toured the UK and abroad since its inception over forty years ago. Over 40 works will be on display at The Beaney, including work by acclaimed artists Graham Sutherland, Elisabeth Frink, Edward Burra and Patrick Heron.

A rare opportunity to view a world class collection of modern art including works by Graham Sutherland and Elisabeth Frink. One of the UKs most significant collections of modern Christian Art is to go on display at The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge in Canterbury. The Methodist Modern Art Coll
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