The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge is laid out over several fully accessible floors. We like to start at the top and work our way down. There is an eclectic mix of items on display across many galleries. From the beautiful iridescent butterflies and birds in the Colours and Camouflage gallery to the facinating items that have been gathered from around the world by some of Kent’s explorers in the Explorer’s and Collectors gallery. In every gallery there are Explorer Points for children to interact with, giving them an hands-on experience of the items in each gallery. The shop, dolls house, fossils and kalidoscope are big hits when we have been in the past.
The temporary exhibition space always has something interesting going on; we’ve seen the Pantomime and BFG exhibitions here. The gallery is always beautifully curated with a dedicated space and activities for younger visitors to explore the current theme. Have a look at their Twitter Feed below to find out about the current exhibition.
The Beaney has several toilets throughout the building and a lovely Cafe, that will refill your water bottles for free.
For more information about opening times, current displays and accessibility visit the website.
Canterbury has several pay and display car parks that are within easy walking distance of the Museum. Orange Street is the closest disabled parking, otherwise use websites like Parkopedia. Canterbury East station is half a mile away (10 minute walk) and Canterbury West is approximately the same distance and time.
Canterbury city centre has a lot to offer culturally, check out Visit Canterbury website and explore some history, culture or religion.
Dane John Gardens; a large manicured gardens with small childrens play area is not far from this museum. It can be a nice stop off for restless children after a shopping trip.
Toddler’s Cove and Westgate Gardens are a 10 minute walk from the museum if you are looking for somehwere for the children to run off some steam.
How to find it…
18 High Street, Canterbury, CT1 2BD.
What to take
This lovely museum offers so much, you really do not need to take anything other than your picnic and curiosity.