The Beaney: A Pioneering Therapeutic Museum

The Beaney is a therapeutic museum that can help improve your health and wellbeing. Contemporary research has confirmed that museum collections have restorative and therapeutic qualities, enhancing people’s mental and physical wellbeing. With this in mind, The Beaney has developed an award-winning health and wellbeing programme, which uses its unique building and collections to create a ‘tonic’ to enhance a visitor’s experience.

  • Mindfulness MondaysWeekly mindfulness sessions where you learn to relax, take time to take in your surroundings and look slowly at pieces from  the museum’s collection.


  • The Power of The Object GroupMonthly sessions of gallery visits, object handling and socialising for people and their companions affected by dementia or social isolation.


  • Sensing CultureMonthly art making, tactile tours and object handling for visually impaired adults.


  • Sounds BeaneyDrop in for a free performance in the galleries! Check our ‘What’s On’ webpage for dates – groups who sing for us include schools, Cantata Trust, Lemon Zingers and Skylarks.


  • Health and Wellbeing Commissions – Take a look at our most recent projects and programmes that we offer.


  • Health and Wellbeing Exhibitions – We showcase a variety of exhibitions linked to Health and Wellbeing. Groups can find out how to work with us here.
  • Culture Health and Wellbeing AllianceThe Beaney is the Museum sector champion for the South East. The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA) is free to join for anyone with an interest in the relationship between creativity and culture and health and wellbeing. 
  • Happy MuseumsThe Beaney is part of the Happy Museum Project, a national initiative funded by Arts Council and The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, committed to supporting wellbeing and a sustainable society.