General enquiries and Visitor Information

 01227 862162

How to find us

18 High Street



 2017 Opening Hours

Museum, Visitor Information and Café:

Monday to Wednesday 9am to 5pm
Thursday 9am to 7pm
Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 5pm


Monday to Wednesday 9am to 6pm
Thursday 9am to 8pm
Friday 9am to 6pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday Closed


Entrance to The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge is free. However, a charge may apply for certain special exhibitions and events. Please see our events listings for full details.

Educational Visits

The Beaney offers an exciting programme of learning workshops, activities and tours. Find out more here


Wheelchair access


Baby Changing facilities

Book a History of Art Highlights Tour

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Take part in a fun, interactive guided tour of The Beaney to discover highlights from one of the best art collections in the South East of England, uncovering fascinating stories along the way.

View paintings by Canterbury’s most famous local artist, Thomas Sidney ‘Cow’ Cooper. Learn about our founder Dr Beaney, and share your ideas about the mysterious portrait of The Girl at the Door. Why is she wearing black, and what do you think is behind the door? View the dramatic life size portrait of The Murder of Becket, Chaucer’s Canterbury Pilgrims and the most infamous episode in Canterbury’s colourful historyIncluded is a fun opportunity for students to become a living work of art by dressing up as one of the portraits!

Duration 30 to 45 minutes
Cost per student £60 per tour (for groups up to 30)
Age group 11 years +
Maximum group size 30
Language This session can be adapted for different levels of English (Beginner to advanced)
Availability Everyday
The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

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