Accessibility at The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

Read The Beaney’s full accessibility information to help you plan your visit to the museum.

  • The Beaney Best Lane entrance stairs leading into the Visitor Information Centre.

Access & Facilities

The Beaney has an accessible entrance at Best Lane, with step free access into the building, a platform lift and a flight of ‘easy going’ steps, which are comfortable for the ambulant disabled and allow for pushchairs and other mobility equipment.

Accessible visitor toilet facilities and full lift access are available.

For those who would like to visit the museum at less busy times, we recommend the first and last hour of each day as the quietest times to visit. See our full opening hours.

There is comfortable seating in most of our galleries. Portable seating is also available to pick up from the Atrium. Visitors will need to carry their seat around with them and drop it off at The Garden Room at the end of their visit.

Guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcome at The Beaney.

 

Disabled Car Park

A 12 space disabled car park is also available at the rear of the building.

Changing Places Facility

The Changing Places Facility at The Beaney is equipped with a full room coverage hoist system, height adjustable changing bench, height adjustable wash basin, a peninsula toilet with hand rails and a wall-mounted folding privacy screen.
The facility is located next to the Visitor Information Centre desk on the ground floor at The Beaney, close to the accessible entrance on Best Lane.

Audio Descriptions

Listen Here, Listen Anywhere with free audio descriptions with insights into some of the most interesting artefacts and artworks in the museum collection.

Audio Descriptions are used to communicate visual information and are one of the best ways for blind and partially sighted visitors to access things in museum collections.

The resources are also a great way to enhance your experience at The Beaney or explore the collection from somewhere else.

Explore the audio

Braille Signage

To assist the visually impaired, we also have braille signage available. Braille touch points are sanitised regularly by our team for your safety.

Touchable Beaney objects

We have Touchable Beaney objects on display by request;

  • Touchable Epstein in People and Places gallery (please ask a member of staff for gloves)
  • Tactile painting in the Materials and Masters gallery
  • Carved cabinet in the Materials and Masters gallery
  • Tactile painting in the Garden Room
  • Hold Some History table in the Explorers & Collectors Gallery

When you arrive at The Beaney, please notify a member of staff that you would like to access the Touchable Beaney objects and we will provide gloves and guidance to help you find each item.

 

Hearing Loops

The Beaney has hearing loops (sometimes called an audio induction loops) to support visitors with hearing aids.

 

hearing loop logo. It is blue with an ear with a diagonal white line passing through it and a capital T in the bottom right corner.

SEND at The Beaney

For resources, advice and information for people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) visiting The Beaney please visit SEND at The Beaney

Nearest Disabled Parking

Orange Street, located next to Best Lane entrance.

Watling Street, CT1 2UD (0.2 miles)

North Lane, CT2 7EB (0.3 miles)

Pound Lane, CT1 2BZ (0.4 miles)

Artefacts in exhibition case The Beaney Museum

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